IMAO .com : Selling a #domain for profit isn’t unfair use, per #UDRP decision

The registrant of the aged domain IMAO.com won it at a SnapNames auction in 2006, for the hefty sum of $2,150 dollars. Apparently, IMAO is a registered trademark since 1992, of the Japanese company IMAO Corporation of Gifu, Japan. The registrant of the domain is Korean. The Japanese company filed a UDRP, stating that in […]

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#Capitec .com : #Domain sold via New Ventures lost in #UDRP

Capitec.com, a domain registered in 1999, ended up in the hands of New Ventures Services, a subsidiary of Web.com. In 2001, a company trademarked the CAPITEC mark, and a year ago, the domain Capitec.com moved to a private investor in Panama. The new owner wanted $49,999 dollars via Afternic, and that’s when Capitec Bank Limited  […]

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#Microsoft lost #UDRP for #Minecraft bedroom #domain name

The almighty Microsoft, owners of the Minecraft brand, lost the UDRP it filed against the domain name Minecraftbedroom.com. The domain name resolves to a web site giving advice on how to create a bedroom with a Minecraft theme. The Minecraft game was acquired by Microsoft in 2014, for $2.5 billion dollars. In his defense, the […]

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#LIDL typo #domain got hit with a #UDRP; what happened next?

When you own a domain such as Lild.com, better be careful what you do with it. Registered in 2002, the domain was monetized with a zero click lander, to take advantage of obvious typo-traffic. Where was the traffic coming from? German mega-store, Lidl, naturally. The brand has existed for decades, operating more than 10,000 stores all […]

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#AEX .com : Three letter #domain challenged via the #UDRP process

AEX.com is a domain registered 20 years ago, and in 2017 it was acquired by a Chinese domain buyer. As it happened to many other valuable three letter .com domains, it was challenged via the UDRP process at the WIPO. The Complainant, Euronext N.V. of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, claimed a prior right to AEX, since […]

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#Indonesian scam : #Natixis mark squatter gave ridiculous reason for NatixisCoin .com registration

The Indonesian registrant of the domain NatixisCoin.com squatted on a famous bank’s name, then produced a fake identity card to validate his registration. Natixis is a French corporation that operates as an international corporate, investment banking and financial services company. Recently, they challenged the domain NatixisCoins.com and won that UDRP. In the UDRP case of […]

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#CAGI .com : #Domain registered in 1995 challenged via the #UDRP process

The four letter domain Cagi.com was registered in 1995. Its registrant, Capitol Appraisal Group LLC, operates since 1982: “Capitol Appraisal Group, LLC provides appraisal and information services to governmental entities primarily for the purpose of property taxation. Our client base is comprised largely of appraisal districts and their member jurisdictions, including cities, counties, and school […]

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#Sexpats .com : #Domain is generic, despite common law #trademark claim by movie producers

Sexpats.com, a domain that dropped and was caught twice by DropCatch, currently hosts content about the word’s definition: Sexpat (noun), an compound of sex and expat or expatriate. A sexpat is one who participates in tourism with the express intention of having sex. There may be a variety of reasons for this, such as: less […]

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#Natixis : Brand squatters registering #crypto #domain names

The proliferation of cryptocurrencies, ICO filings and blockchain technology has given a boost to domain squatting. Opportunists register domain names that consist of names of corporations in the financial field, plus a generic suffix such as “crypto” or “coins.” They do so in hopes of selling these domains to the company, or even to create […]

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#Novacap : 30 year old company forgot to renew #domain

Knowles Cazenovia, Inc., is a ceramic capacitor manufacturer of more than 30 years, under the Novacap brand. They registered a trademark for NOVACAP in 2008, and held the .com until late 2017, when they somehow forgot to renew it. Registered in 1996, the domain Novacap.com was auctioned off on NameJet, where it sold for $3,333 […]

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#DirectBooking .com : Twenty year old #domain challenged via the #UDRP process

Booking.com B.V. of Amsterdam, Netherlands, is popular for its “Booking.Yeah” commercials. They also own DirectBooking.com, and a company from Morocco with a French trademark for DIRECT-BOOKING went after them. The Complainant owns the exact dashed variant, Direct-Booking.com and DirectBooking.net. No wonder they were lusting after the .com. The Respondent stated that they in fact objected […]

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Bullshit #blockchain project on #Baidu .bot #domain called out by #WIPO panelist

If you register the domain of a famous brand, such as Baidu, better check your bullshit factor at the door. The domain Baidu.bot, a direct reference to the Chinese search engine’s online “robot,” is being turned into some type of pseudo-cryptocurrency project. These days, crypto projects are a dime a dozen, and anyone can pop […]

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