Domaine Drouhin is one of the most sought-after domaine houses in Ireland and one of Ireland’s most prestigious domaine estates.
Located in a picturesque region of the north-west of the country, Domain Drouhan is owned by Drouin’s brother, Paul Drounin, and is situated in the small town of Ballybroke.
Domain Carnerois is a four-bedroom, four-bathroom mansion located in the south-western part of the province of Leitrim, and Domain de Carriero is a five-bedroom house located in a former wool factory, situated just two kilometres away from Ballybourn.
In 2016, it was revealed that Paul Dribin had sold his stake in Domain d’Rónan, and his sons had taken over ownership of the estate.
Since the sale of the property in March 2017, the family have been engaged in a legal battle to keep the house, and their own name, Domains, which has become synonymous with a successful business, from being trademarked.
The Domains family has continued to fight against the trademark application, claiming that their name is synonymous with success and that it would be impossible to register Domains if they were not able to continue to operate the estate and continue to sell Domains.
“Domains is a trademark and the trademark belongs to Domains,” said Domains general manager of marketing, Pauline Droulin, in an interview with The Irish Sun.
“The only way to register it would make the property a brand.”
“It’s a trademark issue, the trademark for a family business that we have to fight to defend.”
In the case of Domains Droukin, who is listed as the chief executive officer of Domain, the Drouins claim that the trademark is “exclusively owned by the family and that Domains is simply a name for their business”.
“It would be a great relief if the family were to continue with the business but we would need to negotiate a new agreement with the trademark holder to make sure that Domins name does not become generic,” Ms Droulins said.
“We have to defend the trademark.”
According to Mr Drougin, the name has a long and successful history and the family are confident that the family will continue to have success in the years ahead.
“It was never about being trademark holders,” he said.
When asked whether he had any doubts about Domains continued success, Mr Dribnin said: “I don’t think so.
The only question that matters to me is, will we be able to do what we want to do with the estate?”
I have never seen this family of people in my life, and it’s not a family I have ever been part of, and I would be very happy to work with them.”
The trademark application for Domains will be heard in the coming months, and the outcome of the case will be announced in the fall.