Opus Group UDRP : Dot com and matching gTLD were salvaged in separate cases

The registrants of OpusGroup.com and its matching gTLD, Opus.Group, can thank the WIPO panelists for salvaging their domains. Opus Group AB of Mölndal, Sweden filed two separate UDRPs,  the Respondents only addressed the one brought against the gTLD, Opus.Group. In the latter case, they mentioned: “The Respondent asserts that it has a legitimate interest in […]

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David Duchovny : Domain UDRP followed up by a trademark application

Actor David Duchovny of “The X-Files” fame, retrieved his matching .com domain, DavidDuchovny.com, via the UDRP process, last month. The decision might have startled some, particularly since the domain was registered and held for almost 20 years. At the time of the UDRP, the Complainant asserted “common law rights” to the DAVID DUCHOVNY mark: “Complainant […]

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HugeDomains : UDRP against FastMill.com ends with RDNH finding

HugeDomains has fought off the UDRP brought against one of its domains, FastMill.com, and the decision was sealed with a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking. The Complainants are FPT Industrie S.p.a. of Italy and REM Industrie S.r.l. of Italy, represented by Brioschi IP, Italy. According to the UDRP: “Complainant holds registered rights in the […]

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“LOL” is Respondent’s action to UDRP against .US domain name

Some Respondents in UDRP cases filed against their domains are quite spontaneous or even combustive. In the case of EDCOrlando.US filed at the National Arbitration Forum, the Respondent had already lost the case against the .com. His response, while unofficial, was quite interesting: “Lol would have sold it for 500 I’ll keep buying domains you […]

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BankWest.com lost after 20+ years in a UDRP decision

The registrant of the domain BankWest.com lost it in a UDRP, after holding onto it for more than 20 years. Commonwealth Bank of Australia of Perth, Australia challenged the domain, asserting rights to a BANKWEST trademark going back to 1994; the bank was founded in 1895. Ravindra Patel, gbe of Morganville, New Jersey, challenged the […]

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Pilotfish.com : Three member panel delivers finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking in UDRP

The domain PilotFish.com was challenged via the UDRP process; the Complainant is Pilotfish Networks AB of Göteborg, Sweden, represented by Ports Group AB, Sweden. They operate Pilotfish.se. A three member panel at the WIPO, found the Complainant guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking, for challenging this 2001 domain registration. “The Panel finds that the decision […]

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O2 : British company tries to suck the domain oxygen out of 25 respondents via UDRP

British company, O2 Worldwide Limited of London, United Kingdom, filed a UDRP against 25 owners of domains, for a total of 77 domains. These domains contain the “O2” characters, a letter/number combination most often associated with the element of oxygen. The case involved domains that while the UDRP was pending, dropped; these were subsequently excluded. […]

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Jireh.com : Canadian company manages to grab 1995 domain via the UDRP process

Jireh.com was registered in 1995, and it was just lost via the UDRP process. The Complainant is Jireh Industries Ltd., a Canadian company. In 2016, the Complainant filed applications to register the JIREH mark in Canada and the US, asserting common law rights to the mark going as far back as in 1983. In this […]

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Everphone.com UDRP was denied; Domainer wins

The domain EverPhone.com was registered in 2003, and a German company attempted to get it via the UDRP process. The request was denied by a three member panel. The Complainant, Everphone GmbH of Berlin, Germany, registered EVERPHONE as a trademark in Germany, last year. ESQwire.com defended the UDRP case on behalf of the Respondent, a […]

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TupeloHoney.com : Complainant found guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

The domain TupeloHoney.com was registered in 1998, as a geographical descriptor of honey, particularly when it’s made in Tupelo, Mississippi. Tupelo Honey Hospitality Corporation, is a restaurant group with headquarters based in Asheville, North Carolina and they filed a UDRP against the aged domain. Although there are registered trademarks with the USPTO for TUPELO HONEY […]

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Chinese cybersquatter “Monies” loses MarlboroLighter.com UDRP

A Chinese cybersquatter who registered the domain MarlboroLighter.com lost it in a UDRP. According to the UDRP filed at the WIPO, the Complainant is Philip Morris USA Inc. of Richmond, Virginia, represented by Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. The Respondent is Xiyu Zheng of Wenzhou, China. There’s no doubt that there is an aftermarket […]

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Dermarose.com UDRP results in Reverse Domain Name Hijacking against Complainant

The domain Dermarose.com was hit with a UDRP, and as the result, the Complainant got slapped with a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking. Brand Development Corp. of Miami, Florida attempted to get the 2011 domain, based on a USPTO issued trademark in 2014. The Respondent, who also owns the .net, .org and .info variants […]

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