July 2019. A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog about The Trademark Office, a company that sells domain name registrations to Dutch businesses under false pretences. No sooner had we finished it than we came across another account of a new court case which fully corroborates the previous one.
‘The Court finds that The Trademark Office’s claims in its telephone calls regarding third party applications for domain names …. constitute a deception,’ was the conclusion reached in the judgement of 21 May 2019 by the Sub-District Court in Groningen.
Deceit and deception
The ruling was issued in a case brought by The Trademark Office against 23 SMEs which had tried to annul the agreement they had signed with it. ‘The Trademark Office deliberately and consciously misled xxx … with the intention of tricking them into signing the agreements,’ the Court concluded before dismissing the case and ordering The Trademark Office to pay € 5,673.41 in legal costs.
Whether The Trademark Office has finally learned its lesson is highly doubtful, though, given that the company is known to be tenacious. So our advice is still: beware!