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Trade Marks: Internet

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL257, tabled on 21 October 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to legislate to ensure that web search engines de-index (1) URLs or (2) websites from its web search index when trademarks have been infringed.

Answered on

25 October 2019

There are various options available to trade mark owners who believe their rights have been infringed online, and these range from injunctive web site blocking available through the courts, to voluntary cooperation between enforcement agencies and registrars such as Nominet to suspend domain names that are used for IP infringing activity.

The government works closely with web search engines on a number of voluntary initiatives to tackle IP infringement of all kinds online.