There are over 317,000 .eu domain names owned by individuals and businesses within the UK - these are 'at risk'.
These domains are typically used in one of two ways:
- They are used to offer and/or provide goods and/or services to customers of one or more EU Member States.
- The are not active but have been purchased to prevent their use by, for example, competitors
Both uses are a perfect example of using the .eu domain name as part of a business's Intellectual Property (IP) strategy - 'Protecting the Brand' across the EU.
On March 27th 2018 the EU reminded all interested parties ("Notice to stakeholders: withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU rules on .eu domain names") that .eu domains can only be owned either by businesses with an establishment in or by natural persons resident in an EU Member State. Only these can hold, register or renew a .eu top level domain.