No Reverse Domain Name Hijacking finding in UDRP

The owners of the domain were hit with a UDRP. The Complainant is Liberty Utilities (America) Co. of Oakville, Canada, that claimed rights in the LIBERTY and LIBERTY ENERGY & Design marks since 2011. The Respondent and domain owner, is an investor in Liberty Energy Trust GP, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company focused […]

Copyright © 2017 · All Rights Reserved. UDRP raises the issues of “made-up” domain names

If you’re a company that decides to come up with a creative, non-dictionary term to use for your brand, make sure that it’s available as a .com. In 2008, a Dutch company called Hoooked B.V. registered the domain That’s three “O” letters right there. Hoooked operates a business recycling textiles into yarn and produces […]

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Dr. Mann : pioneer fends off UDRP by The Lincoln Electric Company

Dr. Mann is the principal of EXISTech Corp., and an inventor of wearable computing products, who sold the first wearable computer in 1974. Dr. Mann has used the trade name and mark “WEARTECH” since at least as early as that year. A UDRP against the domain, registered in 1996 by Dr. Mann, challenged its […]

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UDRP over draws in eNom’s Privacy WHOIS service as Respondent

A UDRP over the domain involved eNom’s Privacy WHOIS service, indicating that the Registrant and Respondent is the Registrar. Sven Mark Sawatzki is the Complainant in this case; he’s the registered owner of the EU trademark “Lunchmail” No. 8274193 (word mark; registration date: 12 January 2010; application date: 30 April 2009; classes 35, 38, […]

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Domecq.Wine UDRP : It’s my family name for 250 years, says Respondent

The respondent in the Domecq.Wine UDRP is proud of his family’s name, a centuries old wine producer from Spain. Pernod Ricard EspaƱa, SA, filed the UDRP, on the notion that the Domecq name is trademarked. According to the UDRP: “The Claimant is a Spanish mercantile belonging to the Pernod Ricard group, a world leader in […]

Copyright © 2017 · All Rights Reserved. UDRP : Satoshi Shimoshita prevailed, but no RDNH finding

Satoshi Shimoshita is a Japanese domain investor with a large domain portfolio. Webster Financial Corporation filed a UDRP against his domain,, which was registered in 2001, seeking its transfer. The Complainant provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, insurance, trust, investment and other financial services. According to the UDRP, “since at least as early as […]

Copyright © 2017 · All Rights Reserved. : Thought Convergence & John Berryhill fend off UDRP on aged domain, a 2007 domain registration, became the subject of a UDRP; Thought Convergence, Inc. acquired the domain due to its generic qualities. Complainant is Larry S. Nichter, M.D. and Jed H. Horowitz, M.D., a Medical Corporation, doing business as “Pacific Center for Plastic Surger.” IP attorney, John Berryhill, successfully fended off the Complainant’s claims: Respondent […]

Copyright © 2017 · All Rights Reserved. : Last UDRP for 2016 delivers a shocking decision

This is our last UDRP coverage for 2016, and it’s about, a domain registered in 2001. The aged, generic two word composite was challenged at the National Arbitration Forum by Igor Vaks. Mr. Vaks is the CEO/Founder of Social Edge, operating from the domain For some reason, the NAF panelist made the following […]

Copyright © 2017 · All Rights Reserved. : Lowball offer of $100 by Dutch company leads to UDRP

The domain was registered in 2002; its current owner values the generic qualities of the domain, in reference to a field of roses. A Dutch company, Rosefield Watches B.V. of Amsterdam, Netherlands, attempted to snatch the domain; first, they offered $100 dollars, and then, by filing a UDRP at the WIPO. The Respondent also […]

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Frustrated registrant on UDRP : “What do you want from me people?”

UDRP cases can be a fun read, as in the case of, a domain that was challenged via the UDRP process at the WIPO. The Complainant is AXA SA, a French insurance company that has a stake in the AXA mark, going as far back as 1817. That’s just two years after Napoleon Bonaparte‘s […]

Copyright © 2017 · All Rights Reserved. : It’s not what it looks like, says Respondent in domain UDRP

Swatch is a famous Swiss watchmaker; they are the Complainant in the UDRP against the domain The Swatch Swiss watch business was established in 1983; the Complainant is the owner of the SWATCH trademark which it has been using for its products and services since 1983. The Complainant sells its products worldwide. According to […]

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Second bite at the cherry : UDRP denied – again!

When your UDRP fails, try, try again. We covered the UDRP for two months ago, and despite a lack of response by the Respondent, it was denied. It seems that the same Complainant, Hassan Shams, filed a second one – again, at the National Arbitration Forum – once again seeking to have the domain […]

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