Last checked: 22/07/2020

Website domains

Affected by Brexit?

If you have a company and want to make it easier for your customers to find information about your business on the Internet, you can create a website.

You can access a website at its unique Internet Protocol (IP) address, a series of digits such as 136.173.60.59 or 91.194.202.11.

You will however also want a user-friendly, readable and memorisable domain name such as europarl.europa.eu or consilium.europa.eu

The domain name will be linked to the IP address; this way, when you type into a browser europarl.europa.eu you will be redirected to the IP address 136.173.60.59.

With a domain name registration, you acquire the right to use the domain name. The registration does not guarantee any special protection as intellectual property. However, if a domain name is similar to a trade mark name, this could create IP infringement issues.

How to register a domain name

If the name you want is available, you can register a domain name through an accredited registrar which offers the top-level extension you are looking for. There is a wide choice of extensions to choose from including country-specific or generic extensions:

Depending on the type of extension you choose, eligibility criteria or rules may differ. After you choose the domain name and the top-level extension, you must pay a registration fee. The amount of money you have to pay depends on:

If you own a business in any EU country you can also apply for the .eu top-level domain (TLD). You can check the availability of .eu domains on EURid

Need support from assistance services?

Get in touch with specialised assistance services

European IPR Helpdesk

Free advice and training on intellectual property management for EU co-funded projects or transnational business deals.

Local business support

Do you have questions on operating a business cross-border, for example exporting or expanding to another EU country? If so, the Enterprise Europe Network can give you free advice.

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