#IDEO .net : #Domain #UDRP a prime example of inconsistency in panelists’ decisions!

The UDRP decision for the case involving the domain ideo.net is a clear demonstration of inconsistency among the panelists. In many cases, a domain name’s registration date can predate a trademark, and yet, the domain is ordered to be transferred to the Complainant. Most of the time, however, a domain that was registered by the […]

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Pret dot .APP #UDRP : You snooze, you lose says #WIPO panelist!

The registrant of the domain Pret.app just won the UDRP dispute that was filed by the holder of 480 trademarks, Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited of London, United Kingdom. The word “pret” means “ready” in French, and the Respondent denied it registered the domain in bad faith. Instead, they pointed out to their entrepreneurial status […]

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#Wedia .com : A 21 year old #domain salvaged from the #UDRP process

Wedia.com is a domain registered in 1997; twenty-one years later, a French company attempted to wrestle it away from its Japanese registrant via the UDRP process. After offering $3,000 dollars to the Registrant and not hearing back, WEDIA SA of Paris, France, sent its lawyers to file a UDRP at the WIPO. Despite the lack […]

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#PetLife .com : A classic case of Reverse #Domain Name Hijacking

The registrant of PetLife.com had someone threaten his domain asset, wiggling a trademark that did not exist in 2003. The domain PetLife.com was first registered in 1996, according to Archive.org; the DomainTools WHOIS records only go back to a subsequent registration in 2001. PetLife LLC asserted rights to the PET LIFE mark, by means of […]

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#Legally .com : Aged #domain saved from the clutches of the #UDRP process

Legally.com, a generic domain registered in 1997, was challenged via the UDRP process. The aged domain was offered for sale via Afternic, for $24,999 dollars. That’s hardly a bank breaker for a buyer in the legal services business, but in this case Legally Co of Newark, Delaware, filed a UDRP at the WIPO. The Complainant […]

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#Krooz .com : When a 20 year old #domain predates the trademark, the #UDRP should fail

The domain Krooz.com was registered twenty years ago, in 1998. Currently, it’s being used as a cruises finder, but for the majority of its past, it was either parked or served some basic content. A company operating from MyKrooz.com registered a trademark for KROOZ this year, asserting first use of it in 2015. They filed […]

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#Blackhawks .com down : UDRP by #NHL team takes 1995 #domain away from its registrant!

Blackhawks.com is a generic domain registered in 1995, and 23 years later it’s lost via the UDRP process at the WIPO. The Complainant in this case is none other than the Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Team, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois, aka “Blackhawks.” Here’s what the Complainant says: Founded in 1926, Complainant is a professional ice hockey […]

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Venus & flowers : NYC florist loses #UDRP it filed against generic domain #EternalFleur .com

Venus et Fleur is a NYC based florist, operating from the domain VenusEtFleur.com which was registered in 2015. The company alleged that another florist, Eternal Fleur, operating from EternalFleur.com, imitated their brand, offering competitive services. They sent out a complaint in August, seeking the surrendering of the domain name. There is only one way to […]

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#Euronext N.V. loses #UDRP against three letter domain #AEX .com

Registered in 1998, the three letter domain AEX.com was challenged via the UDRP process. The Complainant in this case, Euronext N.V. of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, asserted rights to the AEX mark due to a Benelux mark: “The Complainant is a company incorporated in the Netherlands and the operator of stock markets in Amsterdam, Paris, Lisbon […]

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Pharma #domains : Registered in 2000, #Idenix .com goes back to previous owner via the #UDRP process

A company that owned the domain Idenix.com between 2000 and 2017 and allowed it to lapse, regained it via the UDRP process. Forget about the domain expiration cycle! The mere fact that someone at Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC of Cambridge, Massachusetts, dropped the ball with renewing domains, didn’t matter in the end. This should serve as […]

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#BiggerHammer .com : A 2014 #trademark ruled over a 2003 #domain name!

The domain BiggerHammer.com was registered in 2003, and in 2018 a company used a trademark registered in 2014 to take it from its registrant. Complainant is B.H.P.S. Corp. dba “Bigger Hammer” that asserted trademark rights in BIGGER HAMMER and alleged that the disputed domain name is identical to its trademark. The domain name was parked and […]

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#Playboy centerfold : Famous #trademark #domain changes hands after 15 years

PlayboyCenterfold.com, a domain registered in 2003, has just changed hands thanks to the UDRP process. The domain infringed on a trademark owned by the famous publisher Playboy; the Complainant also retrieved 23 year old domain Centerfolds.com last August. According to the UDRP complaint that was filed at the WIPO: “The Complainant is a world-renowned entertainment […]

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