10 Jan
2011

PolandTrademarks and domain name disputes in Poland

In this era of globalisation, trademarks play a significant role as instruments of industrial property protection. It is increasingly difficult to find a sector unaffected by trademarks. A natural consequence of granting monopoly rights over particular designations is the entrepreneur’s desire to exercise that right in the widest possible way. This results in a partial overlap of trademark protection rights and other rights and tools. There are cases of conflicts between registered trademarks and industrial designs, personal rights or copyright, as well as company names, product packaging, descriptive marks or unregistered trademarks. The appearance and development of the Internet has inevitably led to the extension of trademarks to internet domain names.