Leosghost - 11:35 pm on Oct 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
5.2 Titulaires de marque
Les personnes physiques majeures ou personnes morales qui sont titulaires d'une marque déposée auprès de l'Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle ou titulaire d'une marque communautaire ou internationale enregistrée visant expressément le territoire français, identifiables au travers de bases de données électroniques dédiées aux marques.
Basically means there is another category of individuals or companies who can, at present own dot frs ..Those who own French registered trademarks, or EU registered trademarks, or Internationally registered trademarks ( think Coke TM etc ) which are specifically aimed at France ..and which can be found in the relevant electronic trademarks registries and or databases.
Registering trademarks in France is normally done via specialised lawyers ( as elsewhere )..and is thus expensive and complex..French registered businesses and citizens can do their own ( less expensive ..but very complex ..nothing is as complex as French legalese ;-)) ..not for the faint hearted or the non totally fluent in French legalese ..
I have some..self registered..;-)
Even the French usually use trademark lawyers..there are easier and cheaper ways,( mentioned above ) to qualify to register a dot fr.
If the law changes..I'll revisit this thread and post a translation ( wait for the afnic to translate things, and we'd all be as grey bearded as me ;-) of the salient parts..as they affect domain registrations.