AG Opinion: '.eu' Domain Names Favourable To Operators Established in the EU

    July 2012

    In Pie Optiek v Bureau Gevers (Case C-376/11, May 3 2012), Advocate General Trstenjak has opined on the interpretation of Article 12(2) of Regulation 874/2004 relating to public policy rules concerning the implementation and functions of ‘.eu’ top-level domains and the principles governing registration - and, in particular, the registration of an ‘.eu’ domain name by licensees of prior rights.

    The opinion focuses on two questions formulated by the Belgian Court of Appeal in a reference for a preliminary ruling.