WIPO: Infotrax.com was denied transfer in UDRP but no RDNH finding

Citing first use of the mark “InfoTrax” in 1999, InfoTrax Systems waited 13 years to pursuit a trademark. When the mark was registered with the USPTO in 2013, the company decided to go after InfoTrax.com – a domain registered in 1995 – by filing a UDRP at the WIPO. Despite having a registered trademark for […]

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IBM takes the .Buzz domain via UDRP

Despite the new URS process that allows for trademark holders, particularly those of famous marks, to disable an offending gTLD domain, IBM took the UDRP route. In a case filed at the WIPO against the domain IBM.buzz, the Complainant was International Business Machines Corporation. The UDRP was filed 4 months after the domain IBM.buzz was […]

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DigikaPart: Iranian domain lost in UDRP due to copycat content

When your brand copies off another business’s name, making claims about the name’s origin won’t work if you also copy their content. A UDRP filed at the WIPO against the domain name DigikaPart.com by DigiKey Electronics, was met by a surprising claim by the Respondent. DigikaPart was registered in Iran and appears to be providing […]

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UDRP for Banksy.com dropped after Complainant was revealed to be an impostor!

A UDRP that was filed against the owner of the domain name Banksy.com, was dropped by the arbitrator at the WIPO, who issued a partial reimbursement of the UDRP fees. While no details were revealed by the UDRP documents, the sleuths at The Register contacted the owner of the domain, who shared some shocking info. […]

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Reverse domain name hijacking finding for Develi.com UDRP

A UDRP that was filed at the WIPO against the domain name Develi.com, resulted in the much coveted “reverse domain name hijacking” finding. A Turkish individual, Arif Develier of Instabul, claimed century old rights to the name “Develi” due to a restaurant chain his grandfather founded in 1912: “The Complainant is a private individual and […]

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Yoyo Email Ltd loses UDRP over Maplin.email domain

Yoyo Email, Ltd. is a British company that somehow managed to break all records for the total number of UDRPs filed against, in a given year. Frankly, we have lost count, as the company has registered thousands of dot .Email domains, matching company names, trademarks and products. In the case of Sanofi.email, some stern commentary […]

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Hilarious! Charles Esten domain cybersquatted by ‘elderly couple’

This is one for the UDRP books. American actor, comedian and musician Charles Esten is famous for his participation in the successful TV series, Nashville. In 2011, someone from China registered CharlesEsten.com and set up a web site on it, displaying the photo of an elderly couple and the note: “Welcome to the homepage of […]

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First dot .Company UDRP a landslide for Volkswagen

Volkswagen was formed in 1937, in Nazi Germany, and the group owns and manages a very famous mark in the automotive industry. Despite all this history, a not-so-smart individual from Canada registered the domain Volkswagen.company in July. It took a couple of months for Volkswagen to find out, and they filed a UDRP at the […]

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Ich bin ein Cybersquatter: First UDRP involving a dot .Berlin domain

When you give away domains for free, people will do stupid stuff – including registering trademarks. This is the case with dot .Berlin, the geo-gTLD that had more than 60,000 free domains being registered. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. of Stamford, Connecticut filed a UDRP at the WIPO against the domain Westin.Berlin – the […]

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Ma che cazzo! UDRP argues that Michelina olive oil infringes on Michelin mark

Sometimes, even hot shot corporate lawyers should have their common sense questioned. Michelin North America, the automotive tire manufacturing giant, took a stab at the domain MichelinaOliveOil.com, asserting that it infringes on the famous Michelin mark. The UDRP, filed at the WIPO actually states that “the disputed domain name <michelinaoliveoil.com> is confusingly similar to its […]

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Chinese domain squatter gets slammed over Amazon trademarks!

Sole WIPO panelist, C. K. Kwong, was right: the incorporation of words which are identical or confusingly similar to the Complainant’s said four registered trademarks consisting of or comprising the respective words “amazon”, “fire”, “kindle” and “goodreads” in the Respondent’s 14 disputed domain names within a period of 2 years from April 10, 2012 to […]

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WIPO panelist scolds Yoyo Email Ltd: Cannot build a business on the back of another’s rights!

The executive summary: A British company, Yoyo Email Ltd., has attempted to launch a business venture by registering almost 4,000 dot .Email domain names, matching brands, products and corporate names of famous companies. By doing so, Yoyo Email Ltd. exclaims that it has legitimate rights, to provide certification of delivery and receipt of emails. They […]

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