Hotel domain

Started by zetta81, Jul 06, 2022, 06:01 PM

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The situation is following:
I bought the hotel domain in 2016.
Until now, the old version of the hotel website was hanging.
The hotel is small, located in Greece. (hosts are Germans from Germany)

A week ago, a hotel representative contacted me and offered to buy the domain back.
They offered 400 euros. Otherwise, they promise to take it through the court.
I have the question: How much does it cost in Europe to take the domain from me through the courts and how realistic this option is?
For the duration of the proceedings, I think to remove all information from the domain and put a stub "under reconstruction"

Maybe someone faced a similar issue.


For .GR - UDRP won't be sued - it's a ccTLD. I can't say anything more about gr - how are they doing there.

according to dotcom - demolishing the site is not enough to not sue - if they prove in the UDRP that you are a domainer or that you used their TM, then they will sue.
That is, there should be a site and the site should not violate the rights of TM owners.


The court's decision will depend on the situation:

Methodological recommendations for checking the claimed designations for identity and similarity
the trademark coincides with the domain name. For instance, the company registered the trademark "Cow", and the domain is busy. These are the simplest disputes, the court most often gives such a domain to the company.

According to the Civil Code, the company has the right to use its trademark as a name for the domain of the website;
a trademark is similar to a domain, but there are discrepancies in the spelling. For instance, "Cow" wants to take a domain . The court will focus on the "Methodological recommendations for checking the claimed designations for identity and similarity" . The expert will check the names and logos, look at the curls of letters and font;
a domain creates conditions for unfair competition. For instance, everyone knows the site and they buy cheese curds there according to the original recipe, and a competitor registers a website and he sells his cheeses there. Such disputes are resolved in favor of the one who first registered the trademark.