Trademark violations aren’t a laughing matter, but it’s hilarious when it happens before your eyes. Seasoned domain investor, Mike Mann, was surely jesting when he made the following statement at his Facebook: “GoogleCorporation.com, you can register this domain right now from godaddy or anywhere for nominal reg fee, like $10.” Apparently, someone on his friends [...]Copyright © 2013 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
The new year, 2013, started with a denial for Target Brands, Inc. – the US retail giant – at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF.) The decision was delivered yesterday. In a case brought against the holder of the domain name, TargetApplication.com, a single member panel found that the Respondent has legitimate rights to use the [...]Copyright © 2013 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
The domain name Trillian.com ended at $7,599 a few minutes ago at NameJet, after several bidders battled it out into extended time. Trillian.com was registered in 1995 and gained notoriety and insane amounts of traffic in the very early 2000′s, due to the existence of a popular chat software by the same name, that never [...]Copyright © 2013 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office, affectionately known as the USPTO, will sustain a change in leadership in January. David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will be resigning his position and moving on to greener pastures. The Greek-American ran the USPTO [...]Copyright © 2013 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
A domain name registered in September of 1988 – a year before many domainers weren’t even born – was just sold on NameJet. The 24 year old domain, Imagen.com, was sold for $7,855 after its former owners, Mexican corporation Imagen Radio, apparently failed to renew the domain. Imagen.com was forwarding to Imagen.com.mx for several years. [...]Copyright © 2013 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
Microsoft unveiled a new corporate logo yesterday; it’s first corporate identity change in 25 years! Which means, there is still room for change here at DomainGang, as we’re approaching the electronic publication’s 3rd anniversary. Said Jeff Hansen, General Manager, Brand Strategy, about the new Microsoft logo: “In advance of one of the most significant waves [...]Copyright © 2013 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
In late July we posted how a UDRP brought against the domain name, OneLove.net, was denied. The OneLove.net owner demonstrated fair use of the domain since 1998, although it was not over the web but rather, email. It seems that the same Complainant went after the dot com as well, and they failed to grab [...]Copyright © 2013 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
A UDRP over at the National Arbitration Forum was turned down, for the domain name OneLove.net. There are a couple of reasons why the Respondent won the case, despite the existing trademark by the Complainant. Firstly, the domain’s registration of 1998 predates the trademark. But most importantly, the Respondent used the domain – but not [...]Copyright © 2013 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
It seems that we touched some sensitive chords with yesterday’s revelation that Chinese domain repository, 4.cn is actively engaging in the fine art of trademark violations. Its understandable that one has to be supportive of their sponsors and all that good stuff, but to be referred to as “scandalous” and even “offending” is simply hilarious. [...]Copyright © 2013 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
Ever since it changed its policies, Australian Domain marketplace, Flippa, has taken measures to disallow and remove trademark violations. The new king of obvious domain violations is now 4.CN – a Chinese auction web site that clearly shows the state of lawless anarchy in China, regarding intellectual property. For example, more than 90 “facebook” domains [...]Copyright © 2013 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
After a year plus of allowing the listing of blatant trademark violations at its marketplace, Flippa.com – the Australian auction house for domains and web sites – finally decided to utilize a filtering mechanism. The method of disallowing certain strings in domains was welcomed by DomainGang. So exactly how is it implemented these days? We [...]Copyright © 2013 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.