118500 : Numeric domain lost in UDRP

Who says numbers are always a safe and sound investment as domain names? For the most part they are – unless they are trademarked. Take for example the number 118500, it represents a mark of British Telecom, and a search engine making money to the telco. Not only they own BT118500.com but 118500.com as well; […]

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Reverse Domain Name Hijacking finding for Neurones.com

A UDRP filed by a French company against the registrant of the domain Neurones.com, has resulted in a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking. The domain Neurones.com was registered in 1996 by a Moroccan entrepreneur who resides in Quebec, Canada; the term NEURONES was registered as an international mark in 2008 by Neuron SA of […]

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WIPO : It takes some ‘balls’ to squat on a lawyer’s domain name!

We thought we’ve seen it all, but this UDRP at the WIPO takes the prize – for the most ballsy domain registration of all time. It’s one thing to go after trademarks, brands and other intellectual property that belongs to commoners or companies. When you register the name of a law firm, however, you have […]

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The Kardashian and Jenner girls filed multiple UDRPs against domain squatters

Registering the names of celebrities is not a practice that we recommend to domain investors. Despite the good intentions behind the CaitlynJenner.com case, this type of activity is risky and can lead to a UDRP regardless of intentions. Indeed, several pending UDRP cases involving the names of Kardashian and Jenner girls are currently handled by […]

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PHHH! Four letter .com lost in UDRP despite extra ‘H’ letter!

The UDRP for the four letter domain PHHH.com was covered by Elliot back in May; the domain was seemingly ‘innocent‘, and yet, it was contested at the World Intellectual Property Organization. One of the fundamental elements of a UDRP is the necessity of the Respondent to respond. There is very little chance that a domain […]

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Pembroke Isles : Florida geo-domain salvaged at UDRP

Pembroke Isles dot com is a geographically descriptive domain, registered in 1999 according to DomainTools. The area is a residential development in the Pembroke Pines region, in beautiful – and hot – South Florida. After 17 years of use by a community resident and Realtor, the domain PembrokeIsles.com was challenged at a UDRP by Pembroke […]

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WinRar.com was lost in second UDRP after 17 years as a registered domain

If you’ve used WinRar as a utility to compress files in the RAR format, you probably did the obvious: typed in WinRar.com. Most likely millions of others did the same thing in the years since WinRar.com was registered in 1998. The only problem: That wasn’t the Windows utility’s web site, which was hosted at RarSoft.com […]

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Best response letter to WIPO ever: Hmmmmmmmhhhhhhhhhhh!

Forget about casual deep analysis of a UDRP case, and elaborate defense. Respondents in such cases served by the WIPO or NAF typically fall in the following categories: Elaborate response using the services of a qualified domain attorney Attempt at serving a justification, self-represented, or: No response at all to the UDRP. The case that […]

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SolidX : Ukrainian couple wins UDRP despite Complainant’s registered trademark

Just because you live in Ukraine, does not mean your response to a UDRP warrants a loss. After getting hit with a UDRP over the domain SolidX.com, a Ukrainian married couple refuted the Complainant’s claims of having no rights to the domain. Mr. Viktor Viktorovych Cherkasov and Ms. Darya Mykhaylivna Grygoryeva contracted marriage in Kharkov, […]

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Taylor Gang : First the .net, then the .us and now the .com lost in UDRP

Can’t stop the Taylor Gang guys from protecting their brand; the Wiz Khalifa hip hop outfit is on a roll. After winning the first UDRP for TaylorGang.net in 2014, the Complainant filed and won another UDRP for TaylorGang.US. The goal was most likely to establish a precedent and go after the dot .com, TaylorGang.com, a […]

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WIPO Advanced Workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution

An advanced workshop on Domain Name Dispute Resolution will be held on Thursday, May 14th. The location will be at the offices of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York City. This WIPO-organized event is targeting trademark practitioners and potential filing parties, namely trademark owners and domain name registrants. Participants should have a basic understanding of […]

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UDRP over domain ‘Chinese pot’ .com denied at the WIPO

Talk of this UDRP as if the kettle is calling the pot black – or something like that. Chinesepod Limited of London, United Kingdom, got all pissy-headed and filed a UDRP against the owners of the domain ChinesePot.com. Now then, we aren’t sure whether the registrant had the porcelain kind in mind, or the weed […]

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