Germany 1 – Russia 0 : UDRP against Tion.com failed

A Russian company with a trademark registered in 2008 attempted to wrestle away tion.com, a domain registered in 1996. Joint-Stock Company “Tion Holding Company” of Novosibirsk, Russia, filed a UDRP against the aged domain’s Registrant, a German citizen, in hopes of taking over its ownership. The domain’s age wasn’t the only reason this case was […]

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Vodex.com : 1999 domain UDRP results in RDNH finding

Imagine registering a domain in 1999 and being challenged about its ownership almost 17 years later. That’s exactly what happened to the owner of Vodex.com, who led his company to a series of successful acquisitions by tech industry giants. According to a UDRP filed at the WIPO, the Respondent used Vodex used for a voice […]

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TopCare.com : Generic domain beats corporation at a WIPO UDRP

The ownership of TopCare.com, a domain registered in 1998, was at stake at a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) UDRP. Topco Holdings, Inc. of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, filed the UDRP to try to get the domain. The Complainant is a cooperative association of about 50 small and medium-sized independent regional supermarket chains operating in […]

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iCloak.com : 16 year old domain saved from over-reaching UDRP challenge

Companies and start-ups eager to invent new brands, are essentially hitting a wall these days. In the case of Icloak, Inc., a company incorporated in 2014 in Florida, they went ahead and registered the trademark ICLOAK for the following services: “Computer software for protecting anonymity and privacy while browsing the Internet and while connecting remotely […]

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Turkish delight : UDRP against Sarten.com defended by Howard Neu

We follow UDRP filings closely, and as part of our observations we’ve noticed an increase in UDRP filings by Turkish companies. In a case involving the domain name Sarten.com, IP attorney and THE Domain Conference founder, Howard Neu, successfully defended the domain on behalf of the Respondent. Stanley Pace, domain investor and owner of Sarten.com, […]

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‘First Merit Bank Sucks’ domain : UDRP decision as expected

FirstMerit Corporation of Akron, Ohio, sent its lawyers – guns blazing – after the owner of a protest site, operating from firstmeritsucks.com. Typically, domain names that belong in the “sucks” category are treated as vehicles of free speech. Most UDRP cases involving “sucks” domains that have been decided on behalf of the Complainant, involved the […]

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Domains NOT to register : WalmartPickup.com

The following message should be mandatory at every domain Registrar, prior to one’s registration of a domain: “AVOID REGISTERING POPULAR BRAND NAMES, OR RISK LOSING YOUR DOMAIN.” It’s that simple. And yet, silly domainers and ignorant opportunists alike, go for domains that contain famous brands and their assorted trademarks. In this latest case of “Domains […]

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NewForests.com : Geo domain used in marketing salvaged from UDRP

Executive summary: The UDRP against the aged, generic domain, NewForests.com was denied, with a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking as well. A three member panel at the WIPO delivered their decision, after hearing out the Complainant’s claims. New Forests Asset Management Pty Limited of North Sydney, Australia, asserted they held a trademark on ‘NEW […]

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How many UDRP cases has Frank Schilling beaten?

Frank Schilling’s Name Administration recently won a UDRP that was filed against the domain Torneo.com. The 16 year old domain was successfully defended by IP attorney, John Berryhill, who has performed the same function several times in the past. During the discussion of this incident, we wondered how many UDRP cases has Frank Schilling or […]

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IEC.com : Three letter domain saved from the clutch of a UDRP

IEC.com, an aged, three letter .com domain was saved at the WIPO after International Electrotechnical Commission of Geneva, Switzerland filed a UDRP against it. Represented by ESQwire.com, the Respondent asked for a three member panel to deliver a decision. According to the UDRP: “Amongst other things, the Complainant is the owner of Swiss Trademark Registration […]

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Volkswagen.XYZ : Domain lost in UDRP despite emissions scandal

Despite an ongoing emissions scandal involving German automaker Volkswagen, a trademark is still a trademark. In a UDRP filed against the owner of the domain name Volkswagen.XYZ, the Respondent was a Minnesota car dealer. Still, such relationships do not justify going after a domain that clearly constitutes a trademark infringement – unless there is an […]

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WIPO UDRP Report : Domain name disputes up in 2015

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released its 2015 report on domain name disputes. Spanning the period from January 1 and September 30th, 2015, the report shares some interesting metrics about domain disputes, as compared to 2014: 2,015 UDRP cases were filed in 2015, as compared to 1,940 in 2014; an increase of 3.9%. Regarding […]

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