Chinese registrant of .CLUB domains attempts to rationalize Cybersquatting in UDRP

The Chinese registrant of dot .CLUB domains that match famous trademarks or corporate names, attempted to define alternate meanings, using the Chinese language. That very “clever” approach of an apparent cybersquatter was presented in a UDRP for the domain names Stregis.Club, Westin.Club and WHotels.Club. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Sheraton International IP, LLC, Westin […]

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Reverse Domain Name Hijacking: The American Association of the Order of St. Lazarus

As the Complainant in a UDRP, The American Association of the Order of St. Lazarus attempted to take away the domain name SaintLazarusUSA.com from its Registrant, Thierry Villejust of Sunnyvale, California. Previously, the same Complainant filed and lost a UDRP for the dot .org, in an apparent attempt to set a precedent against the current […]

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Alexandra Stan – Romanian “Mr. Saxobeat” hitmaker lost UDRP of official domain

Romanian dance music idol, Alexandra Stan hit it big in 2010 with “Mr. Saxobeat” – a single that sold more than 10,000,000 copies worldwide. Alexandra Stan’s stratospheric success continued until 2013, when she was hospitalized; the initial statement of being involved in a car accident was followed up by accusations of a physical assault by […]

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Three strikes for Yoyo Ltd with UDRP loss for NVIDIA.email

Once is an accident, twice looks suspicious and three times is definitely a strike out due to cybersquatting. Yoyo.email Ltd of the UK had its 3rd dot .email UDRP handed over, the Complainant being NVIDIA Corporation, makers of numerous computer hardware products. The domain in dispute is NVIDIA.email. As in the two prior UDRP cases, […]

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No love: Dutch company wins dot .international UDRP over KPN domain

If you don’t get the Pitbull reference, no worries – here’s a link. A Dutch company, Koninklijke KPN N.V. filed a UDRP at the WIPO, and they went after the domain name KPN.international – a first, as far as we’re aware of, in this new gTLD. Typically, LLL domains receive some broader “love” from panelists, […]

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How many domain squatters does it take to change an Osram ™ bulb?

It just takes one, but they need to be served with a UDRP first. OSRAM GmbH of München, Germany owns more than 500 trademarks, some dating as back as 1906. That’s more than 100 years ago, for the mathematically challenged. Apparently, when “Nick Nick” of UK heard that dot .lighting was launching, he thought: “Hmmm, […]

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Dr. Martens kicks the shoes off squatter in docmarten.clothing UDRP

Remember when you rocked the Doc Martens in late 80′s and early 90′s? The fashionable shoes were less comfy than stylish, but millions sported them as part of their fashion statement. A UDRP at the WIPO, filed by Dr. Martens” International Trading GmbH of Gräfelfing, Germany and “Dr. Maertens” Marketing GmbH of Seeshaupt, Germany, managed […]

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Hey taxi! UDRP for Sheraton.Cab domain a first for this gTLD

The owners of the mega-hotel chain, the Sheraton, aren’t going to sit and watch their intellectual property get squatted. Hence, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., The Sheraton LLC, Sheraton International IP, LLC filed a UDRP at the WIPO against the registrant of the domain name Sheraton.cab. This is the first UDRP we’re aware of, […]

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Crafty registrant retains control of domain SignEasy.com despite UDRP

Glykka LLC filed a UDRP at the WIPO, for the matching .com of a trademark they received registration for in 2012. The problem: SignEasy.com was registered in 2005 by its China based owner, establishing prior use for the domain. An interesting twist in the case is the original registration of SignEasy.com in 2002, by the […]

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Danish butter: Two for two loss in UDRP over Lurpak.email domain

The pattern that the Complainant pointed out in a trademark-infringing dot .email domain, carried onto another UDRP with the same Respondent. Yoyo.Email, Ltd. of UK lost the UDRP for the domain name, Statoil.email. It seems that going after the Statoil trademark was not the sole such instance for the Respondent, who was hit with a […]

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Wikipedia domain UDRP respondent cites Valuate.com

The Respondent to a recently decided UDRP at the WIPO used a novel way to attempt to extract unreasonable fees from the Complainant. In a UDRP case involving the domain name OnWikipedia.com, the Complainant – Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. – was sent back this response from the domain’s registrant: “What is this email requesting I do? […]

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