No Reverse Domain Name Hijacking finding in LibertyEnergyTrust.com UDRP

The owners of the domain LibertyEnergyTrust.com were hit with a UDRP. The Complainant is Liberty Utilities (America) Co. of Oakville, Canada, that claimed rights in the LIBERTY and LIBERTY ENERGY & Design marks since 2011. The Respondent and domain owner, is an investor in Liberty Energy Trust GP, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company focused […]

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Hoooked.com UDRP raises the issues of “made-up” domain names

If you’re a company that decides to come up with a creative, non-dictionary term to use for your brand, make sure that it’s available as a .com. In 2008, a Dutch company called Hoooked B.V. registered the domain Hoooked.nl. That’s three “O” letters right there. Hoooked operates a business recycling textiles into yarn and produces […]

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Dr. Mann : WearTech.com pioneer fends off UDRP by The Lincoln Electric Company

Dr. Mann is the principal of EXISTech Corp., and an inventor of wearable computing products, who sold the first wearable computer in 1974. Dr. Mann has used the trade name and mark “WEARTECH” since at least as early as that year. A UDRP against the domain WearTech.com, registered in 1996 by Dr. Mann, challenged its […]

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UDRP over Lunchmail.com draws in eNom’s Privacy WHOIS service as Respondent

A UDRP over the domain Lunchmail.com involved eNom’s Privacy WHOIS service, indicating that the Registrant and Respondent is the Registrar. Sven Mark Sawatzki is the Complainant in this case; he’s the registered owner of the EU trademark “Lunchmail” No. 8274193 (word mark; registration date: 12 January 2010; application date: 30 April 2009; classes 35, 38, […]

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Domecq.Wine UDRP : It’s my family name for 250 years, says Respondent

The respondent in the Domecq.Wine UDRP is proud of his family’s name, a centuries old wine producer from Spain. Pernod Ricard EspaƱa, SA, filed the UDRP, on the notion that the Domecq name is trademarked. According to the UDRP: “The Claimant is a Spanish mercantile belonging to the Pernod Ricard group, a world leader in […]

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HSBank.com UDRP : Satoshi Shimoshita prevailed, but no RDNH finding

Satoshi Shimoshita is a Japanese domain investor with a large domain portfolio. Webster Financial Corporation filed a UDRP against his domain, HSBank.com, which was registered in 2001, seeking its transfer. The Complainant provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, insurance, trust, investment and other financial services. According to the UDRP, “since at least as early as […]

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SocialEdge.com : Last UDRP for 2016 delivers a shocking decision

This is our last UDRP coverage for 2016, and it’s about SocialEdge.com, a domain registered in 2001. The aged, generic two word composite was challenged at the National Arbitration Forum by Igor Vaks. Mr. Vaks is the CEO/Founder of Social Edge, operating from the domain getsocialedge.com. For some reason, the NAF panelist made the following […]

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Rosefield.com : Lowball offer of $100 by Dutch company leads to UDRP

The domain Rosefield.com was registered in 2002; its current owner values the generic qualities of the domain, in reference to a field of roses. A Dutch company, Rosefield Watches B.V. of Amsterdam, Netherlands, attempted to snatch the domain; first, they offered $100 dollars, and then, by filing a UDRP at the WIPO. The Respondent also […]

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Frustrated registrant on AxaThemes.com UDRP : “What do you want from me people?”

UDRP cases can be a fun read, as in the case of AxaThemes.com, a domain that was challenged via the UDRP process at the WIPO. The Complainant is AXA SA, a French insurance company that has a stake in the AXA mark, going as far back as 1817. That’s just two years after Napoleon Bonaparte‘s […]

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Swatch.click : It’s not what it looks like, says Respondent in domain UDRP

Swatch is a famous Swiss watchmaker; they are the Complainant in the UDRP against the domain Swatch.click. The Swatch Swiss watch business was established in 1983; the Complainant is the owner of the SWATCH trademark which it has been using for its products and services since 1983. The Complainant sells its products worldwide. According to […]

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Second bite at the cherry : SoccerMall.com UDRP denied – again!

When your UDRP fails, try, try again. We covered the UDRP for SoccerMall.com two months ago, and despite a lack of response by the Respondent, it was denied. It seems that the same Complainant, Hassan Shams, filed a second one – again, at the National Arbitration Forum – once again seeking to have the domain […]

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VIP.com owner fends off UDRP on VIPme.com domain

The owner of VIP.com and VIPshop.com received a UDRP for the domain VIPme.com. Complainant in this case is VIP Me Enterprises LLC, based in Nevada. They state that it has been using its registered service-mark VIPME in commerce since April 4, 2013 by advertising third party goods and services on its website vip-me.net and also […]

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