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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Sweet! “Candy Crush Saga cheats” domains saved at UDRP

In what appears to be a first of its kind, a sole panelist at the WIPO found that the registrant of several “Candy Crush Saga” domains made a bona fide use of them, by providing cheats for the game! King.com Limited of St. Julians, Malta filed the UDRP against the Respondent, for several domains that […]

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Attorney Marc Randazza shares his thoughts on the Pinsex.com and Pingay.com UDRP

A lot of outcry from domain investors seems to stem from the recent UDRP decision on Pinsex.com and Pingay.com, filed and won by Pinterest. The unfortunate thing, is that most of the negative commentary on it is just making people in the domain industry appear less informed about the whole UDRP process, and how to […]

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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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