If parties do not succeed in settling their dispute out of court, the next step is to initiate court or other proceedings. There are several bodies to which a dispute can be submitted to obtain a decision. Court proceedings are not the only option; there are several alternatives, such as requesting a binding opinion.
The general terms and conditions of the sector organisation NLdigital, formerly Netherlands ICT, are widely used in the Dutch ICT sector. This means that parties cannot submit their dispute to the civil courts. Parties undertake to comply with the arbitration clause in Article 22 of the general terms and conditions drawn up by NLdigital, as implemented by the Dutch Foundation for the Resolution of Automation Disputes (SGOA).
The SGOA arbitrators are specialised in ICT issues. The parties each nominate an arbitrator from a list of experts from the ICT sector and lawyers specialising in ICT law. Usually three arbitrators are appointed.
The parties submit their positions in writing, after which an oral hearing is held. Judgment is usually rendered after the oral hearing. This judgment is binding and not open to appeal.
SGOA proceedings are relatively quick compared to civil proceedings. However, these proceedings are considerably more expensive than civil proceedings. You do not need an attorney in SGOA proceedings. Legal ICT has the necessary expertise and experience to assist you in these sometimes complex proceedings.
WIPO proceedings are short and efficient proceedings for settling domain name disputes. They are also relatively inexpensive compared to court proceedings. For the extension .nl, these proceedings are handled by the Dutch Foundation for Internet Domain Registration (SIDN) and hence also referred to as SIDN proceedings.
Entrepreneurs are often confronted with domain names – sometimes of competitors, sometimes of affiliate marketeers – that resemble their trade name or domain name. As an entrepreneur, you want to be as findable as possible and stand up against the unlawful registration and use of domain names.
Legal ICT can competently assess such cases and send a written demand to the party to transfer the domain name. If the out-of-court process fails, Legal ICT can conduct the WIPO procedure on your behalf. It does not matter which extension is involved. Legal ICT has the necessary knowledge and experience with regard to proceedings at the WIPO.
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Almost every company has to deal with disputes. Legal ICT offers mediation, binding opinions, legal assistance in the out-of-court process, legal action against or defence in IP matters, and legal assistance in court proceedings.
Disputes on domain names, trademarks or trade names occur regularly. Even if the domain name is registered and used in good faith. Do you need advice on claiming or defending your domain name? Legal ICT can assist you with this.
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