Domain dispute

During domain registration registrantsĀ agree to beĀ bound by the current policy of the Domain Council of Sao Tome and Principe.

* Registrants agree that the conflicting parties in a domain name dispute must bear all costs of the matter – including the cost from the ST Domain Name Registry and / or the Domain Name Council of Sao Tome and Principe. Registrants must also bear any other costs related to that dispute. There is a standard fee of 1000 euro from the complaining party, to get the dispute tested.

* In the event of a trade mark conflict we look at the context in which the argued “trade mark” is used together with a domain name. We look at the actual content of the web-site. Example: A website that criticize for example a Telco for bad Internet connections and support – and also contains genuine real editorial material, may under certain conditions bear the same domain name as the criticized company and / or TM (trademark).

* If the registered domain name only is used in a context where it commercially exploits the TM for own profit, or just passively holds the domain name out of pure speculation – it will immediately be terminated. * Domain Mark is protected by local presence: If there is a local connection to Sao Tome and Principe in a registered domain name – it will be strongly protected. Such domains are companies or individuals with a present or registered business in Sao Tome and Principe.