Google complaint : UDRP removes ɢoogle.com domain from Russian registrant

Vitaly Popov isn’t happy; the Russian registrant of ɢoogle.com just lost his domain in a UDRP. Google Inc., the 800 pound search engine gorilla was the Complainant in this case, at the National Arbitration Forum. According to the UDRP, Google raised the following issue: Complainant offers a wide range of Internet-related products and services, including […]

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HornyWife.com, BookOfSex.com among disputed domains after sale of assets to PGMI

Penthouse Global Media Inc. (PGMI) acquired Friend Finder Networks‘ adult-themed, intellectual property assets for $6.5 million dollars, including Penthouse. The deal closed in March 2016 and included more than 1,000 adult domain names, eight of which were allegedly transferred to the new entity “by accident.” The list of domains includes HornyWife.com and BookOfSex.com, that generate […]

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You Asked For It .com : Second UDRP after 17 years by the same Complainant

The domain “You asked for it” .com became the subject of a second UDRP in 17 years, despite Complainant and Respondent being the same as in the 2000 filing. The original UDRP for YouAskedForIt.com was one of the earliest cases decided at the National Arbitration Forum, and at the time, the domain was ordered to […]

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Frindle.com : Fanciful marks have an advantage in the UDRP process

Fanciful marks, as in the case of Frindle.com, have an advantage when such domains get involved in the UDRP process. Domain names that utilize a non-generic mark, often referred to as “brandable” among domain investors, can be defended directly by the trademark holder. Frindle.com was registered in 2000 by Andrew Clements, writer of a children’s […]

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Giordana.com : Two UDRP filings and a dog web page later, Complainant gets domain

It took two UDRP filings against two separate Respondents for the domain Giordana.com to be given to a trademark holder. Registered in 1999, Giordana.com displayed cycling-related content until at least 2014. In 2015, the first UDRP filing resulted in a refusal of the domain’s transfer, and it remained with its registrant at the time. Since […]

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Guess Factory : Dot .US.com “domain” lost in UDRP

CentralNic has been promoting .US.com domains as viable alternatives to .com for many years now; the reasons that they give are as follows: Availability – Get the names you really want! Over 98% of names still available (compared to .com) Reliability – Track record of 100% availability over the past fifteen years Worldwide Recognition – […]

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ReaganBaby.com & The Reagan Foundation : Political domain lost via the UDRP process

The domain ReaganBaby.com, used as a conservative political outlet with a matching blog and radio show, was lost via the UDRP process. Complainant is The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, which stated it has rights to the RONALD REAGAN and REAGAN marks: “Complainant is a foundation created to continue the legacy and principles of […]

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OpenSAP.com UDRP a reminder about subdomain typo-traffic

A UDRP against the domain OpenSAP.com was filed at the WIPO; the Complainant is SAP SE of Walldorf, Germany. The Respondent, is a domain investor. According to the complaint: “The Complainant provides trademark registrations, and submits that the SAP trademark is well-known. The Complainant argues that the Domain Name is confusingly similar to the Complainant’s […]

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Olympic Committee settled lawsuit over City/Year domain names

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has settled a lawsuit, involving domain names that contain a city name with a year identifier. Last year, the owner of more than 1,000 such domain names took on the IOC to defend his domain registrations as investments with a geographical focus. That cybersquatting act claim was apparently difficult to […]

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AltaMotors .com : UDRP was denied, despite no response by its Registrant

The UDRP against the domain AltaMotors.com was denied at the National Arbitration Forum. The case was filed by Faster Faster, Inc. DBA Alta Motors against Jeongho Yoon c/o AltaMart of South Korea. In its statement, the Complainant alleged the Respondent has no rights to the domain, that the Complainant owns over 200 “Alta” domains and […]

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NamePros : Heidi Powell .com domain case raises the issue of domains as property

An ongoing thread over at NamePros raises, once again, the issue of whether domain names are property. Contributing his vast knowledge on the subject of domain law, IP attorney and recent grandfather, John Berryhill, states: “And here we come to one of my pet peeves – the irrational insistence by some domainers that domain names […]

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U Princess : Money, offshore corporations and jealousy end in UDRP over .com

Two former partners in Ukraine that formed a joint venture called U Princess feuded over the matching .com domain, UPrincess.com. The project involved the creation of a VIP beach resort card, allowing beautiful female clients to enjoy the sun, along with other spa-related services and activities. The case is interesting to peruse, as it involves […]

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