TwinLakes.com UDRP : Estoppel a plausible domain defense

The domain TwinLakes.com was hit by a UDRP, 12 years after its registration date in 2005. The Complainant, Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corporation, is in possession of the registered mark WIN LAKES COMMUNICATIONS. According to the Complainant, Respondent offered to sell the domain name for $50,000, an amount in excess of the typical out-of-pocket costs […]

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Avvo.com lawsuit : $2 million dollar judgement against Chinese phishing domain names

Avvo.com has won a lawsuit it filed against the Chinese operators of an elaborate phishing scheme. A Federal Court in Arizona delivered a $2 million dollar judgement against hackers who created a spoofed web site, that copied the well-known legal review web site. Randazza Legal Group, PLLC represented Avvo in this successful lawsuit. In Avvo, […]

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Cut the UDRP cheese : Gorgonzola.CLUB in a safe place

If you love Gorgonzola cheese, join the club. The Italians make it, and there is an official association in Italy, who filed a UDRP against the owners of the domain Gorgonzola.CLUB. Gorgonzola is a veined Italian blue cheese, made from unskimmed cow’s milk. It can be buttery or firm, crumbly and quite salty, with a […]

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Neustar files UDRP against Australian domain Neustar.com.au

Neustar, the domain and network technology services company, maintains a strong presence in Australia. It comes as no surprise, that the company has filed a UDRP against the registrant of the domain Neustar.com.au. Neustar is the systems provider and back-end registry operator for many new gTLDs and primarily operates from the domain Neustar.biz. The company […]

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Cinpal.com : Circumcision information network sees its venture cut short via UDRP

The domain Cinpal.com was registered in 2002; its Brazilian registrant was a former employee of a company that has rights to the CINPAL mark. Cinpal Companhia Industrial De Peças Para Automóveis from Taboão da Serra, Brazil, filed a UDRP at the WIPO, asserting that the Respondent has no rights to the domain, and is passively […]

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ESQwire.com defends ATC.com domain in far-reaching UDRP

The aged domain ATC.com has been successfully defended by domainer-friendly lawfirm, ESQwire.com, in a UDRP brought forth by ATC Group Services LLC. Registered in 1990, it’s one of the earliest domains in existence, predating the dawn of the commercial Internet. The Complainant asserted it has common law rights predating the domain’s registration, as far back […]

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Just don’t do it : Turkish dotless “i” involved in Nike domain UDRP

The use of a Turkish “dotless” letter “i” was recently the center of a UDRP brought forth by Nike, Inc. The domain in question, Nıke.com, resembles “Nike” but is in fact an IDN, or Internationalized Domain Name. Nıke.com was parked with a zero click lander leading to Google results about Nike; the world-famous corporation filed […]

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Porsche.car : Chinese domain registrant blew $5,000 via UDRP

Dot .Car domains carry a premium price, and the Chinese registrant of Porsche.Car just blew a small fortune. Registered in 2016, the Porsche car domain was renewed in 2017, which brings the total minimum cost to just over $5,000 dollars. With a price tag of $2,399 dollars at GoDaddy, the domain was challenged by the […]

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Mike Mann wins UDRP for WorldHabitat.org

Domain investor, Mike Mann, has won the UDRP against his domain asset, WorldHabitat.org. The ever-busy domain investor, who operates his own online portfolio venue at DomainMarket.com, shared the news last week. Mike also owns the matching .com, WorldHabitat.com, but the UDRP at the WIPO focused on the .org, a domain that according to DomainMarket.com was […]

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UDRP loss : Virgin Enterprises continues to assert it has sole rights to the VIRGIN mark

Virgin Enterprises Limited of London, United Kingdom, continues to go after domains that incorporate the keyword “virgin.” Despite VIRGIN being a famous mark, the company has been targeting domains that are unrelated to the services that the mark represents. In some cases, there is marginal connection but the domain gets lost regardless. A UDRP against […]

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Argos UK against Argos US : Google ads, domains, and trademarks

British firm Argos Limited recently faced Argos Systems, Inc., an American software company in a court of law. Both companies operate from “Argos” domains: Argos Limited from Argos.co.uk and Argos Systems Inc. from Argos.com. The latter, registered the domain in 1992, after it started trading under the name ARGOS in 1991. The company has no […]

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Persian wars : Iranian domain registrar prevails in IranClash.com UDRP

Imagine having the exclusive right to use the word “Clash” for strategy games. That’s what Supercell Oy of Helsinki, Finland thought, when they filed a UDRP against the domain IranClash.com. The Complainant produces a popular online strategy game, Clash of Clans. They claim to hold several trademarks in Finland, Europe and the US for CLASH […]

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