Pokemon domains : UDRP arrived 14 years later

Pokemon domains lead to UDRP.

Pokemon domains lead to UDRP.

If you haven’t heard of the latest Pokemon GO mania taking over the Internet and people’s lives, you don’t own a smart phone.

Nintendo‘s brilliant idea to re-launch its Pokemon franchise as an Augmented Reality (AR) game, has sent its stock skyrocketing.

Meanwhile, opportunists wanting to capitalize on the Pokemon fame and brand, aren’t wasting much time.

Elliot noted that nearly 4,000 .com and .net domain names have been registered during the past 7 days, bearing the “Pokemon” keyword.

The Pokemon franchise’s relaunch is quite interesting, as the first Pokemon UDRP was filed in 2000, for the domains Pokemons.com and Pokemon2000.com.

It was also one of the earliest UDRP cases, as ICANN rolled out the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy in mid-1999.

Further UDRP cases for “Pokemon domains” fizzled out in 2002.

Fourteen years had to pass, for the next UDRP for “Pokemon domains” to be filed! 😀

The latest UDRP decision involved the domains pokemonsunmoon.com and pokemonmoonsun.com, which was terminated on July 12, 2016. The domains appear to have been transferred to Nintendo.


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