The Dutch Trademark Office, a company that more often on the fingers is tapped for the dubious sale of domain names, according to the district court judge committed fraud.
Trademark approached businesses and entrepreneurs with domain names which often ended in .en. Trademark claimed that there was a risk that a competitor with the same domain name would claim, but then ended for example .com.
In this case, going to 22 companies and individuals. According to the subdistrict court has the Trademark to these companies and entrepreneurs approached with false information to an agreement to close. This often involves a contract for the duration of ten to fifteen years.
Trademark has in accordance with the rechtbankdocumenten made recordings of telephone calls in which the agreements are concluded. Then were the agreements in writing, be destroyed by the victims “on the basis of mistake, fraud, threat or abuse of circumstances”.
‘Abuse of procedure’
Trademark has in all cases responded. This said company is not to be able to find the motivation and that the companies comply with the agreements had to keep.
The court has the companies and individuals alike. The agreements are “destroyed”. Trademark must bear the costs of proceedings, because the judge has ruled that there is abuse of procedural law is made.
Trademark has in the past been more lawsuits relating to the private practice of tying lost. The company last year, was also a guest in the Dutch television program Kassa to talk about these practices. Co-founder Boy Hoogeveen said at the time that suits him, not much did.