David Curtin, head of the Irish Domain Registry (IEDR) suspects that there are a high number of domains being squatted in the .eu namespace. Speaking to Silicon Republic Curtin made reference to the numbers of .eu domains registered to Irish companies during both the landrush and sunrise periods:
According to Curtin, to date 24,754 .eu domains have been registered from Ireland. “However, just 1,412 domains were registered during the first phase or sunrise period, which was restricted to trademarks, patent holders and public bodies. There are more trademarks, patent holders and public bodies in Ireland than that.
“This to me suggests that there have been quite a few speculative registrations. Time will tell how many are genuine or are opportunistic individuals hoping to sell the domain on for a profit.”
Whether his logic is flawed or not is irrelevant, as the growing number of ADR proceedings will surely show.