Estonia is a member of the European Union, which affords Community Trade Mark (CTM) owners trade mark protection in that country but what about securing the CTM trade mark as a .EE domain name?
Well, the process is more complex. Currently .EE is a restricted country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) in that only organizations registered in Estonia are eligible to register .EE domain names, while limiting them to one domain name per organization.
This is soon to change with the announcement by EENET, the Estonian Registry, that .EE will be liberalized during 2010. We are monitoring developments in Estonia and will report any progress on our blog and newsletter.
In the meantime it is recommended that CTM owners start planning a strategy to secure their trade marks as .EE domain names in case the liberalization is announced on short notice.
It is anticipated, as was the case with the TLDs .ME and .DO, .EE will become a valuable branding tool with possible registrations such as chimpanz.ee, coff.ee and teep.ee.
For comprehensive advice on securing domain names in Estonia contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lexsynergy.tel for more contact information.