easyGroup and Sir Stelios have today claimed another victory in their efforts to cease infringing activity of brand thieves against the easy family of brands.
A court order has been granted in favour of easy against Swiss hosting provider Exoscale (Akenes SA). Exoscale had been hosting a portal for online betting games under the domain easybet.com. Although not working alone, Exoscale had partaken in infringing activity by hosting and providing services out of Switzerland with the easy trade mark and domain.
In its judgment, the court recognised the notoriety of the easyJet trade mark, citing it as a “famous trade mark” in Switzerland. As a result, Exoscale have been ordered to pay significant court fees, as well as a threat of a daily infringement fee if infringing action did not cease. However, the website has already been taken down.
This marks a shift and a significant victory for Sir Stelios and the easy family of brands, serving as a warning to those infringers who may claim that hosting a website utilising infringing trade marks and domains is not enough to constitute infringement.
This latest legal victory in easyGroup’s portfolio adds a further dimension of legal protection for the easy family of brands and marks another step in its efforts to cease infringing activity.