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? […]Copyright © 2014 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
Two weeks ago, we covered the first recorded UDRP for a dot .Company domain name; Statoil, a Norwegian oil company undertook the task of protecting its trademark. In this case, the same company filed a UDRP against the registrant of the domain name, Statoil.email. The Respondent, Giovanni Laporta of UK, asserted that the domain is […]Copyright © 2014 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
Zions Bancorporation of Salt Lake City, Utah landed the first multiple new gTLD UDRP that we’re aware of, seeking to protect its marks “Zions Bank” and “Zions.” The Respondent in this case clearly went after the intellectual property rights of the Complainant, per the choice of new gTLD domains that he registered: zions.equipment zions.holdings zions.today […]Copyright © 2014 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
When you attempt to roll a generic word or phrase into a trademark, you’d better be using it actively. In a UDRP at the WIPO over the domain name FinancialServicesRoundtable.com the Complainant, Financial Services Roundtable of Washington, DC attempted to indicate the Respondent has no legitimate rights to the domain. The Complainant portrayed themselves as […]Copyright © 2014 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
We thought we’ve seen it all with regards to the ingenuity of Complainants attempting to wrestle generic domain names away from their owners. In a case involving the domain names Bleachstains.com and CarpetBleachStains.com, an individual with an obscure claim to a patent and vague claims to a common law trademark, tried to take the owner of […]Copyright © 2014 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
What could possibly happen when two manifestations of the same patron saint went to battle against each other? Most likely, the weaker would win, as is the case with St. Lazarus, protector of the poor and sick. A UDRP that was ruled at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) between the American Association of the […]Copyright © 2014 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
When it comes down to safeguarding your domain assets, you never know when the much-dreaded UDRP is going to knock on your door. Knowing your rights as a domain owner, is the first step towards a successful response to a C&D letter, or an eventual UDRP. ESQwire, established in 1997 by attorney Ari Goldberger, is […]Copyright © 2014 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
Let’s face it: if you don’t enforce your trademark, there is a risk that it will become obsolete. This is the case with QLIKVIEW, a trademark owned by the Swedish software company, QlikTech International AB, operating from Qlik.com. The company entered their mark to the Trademark Clearinghouse in November 2013, and sure enough they received […]Copyright © 2014 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
If you never heard of the Kering Group, here’s the buzz for you: It’s a French mega-corporation that manages apparel and accessory brands, such as: Luxury: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Sergio Rossi, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, JEANRICHARD, Pomellato and Qeelin. Sport & Lifestyle: Puma, […]Copyright © 2014 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
MSC.com, a premium three letter .com domain that seems to have been sitting at Sedo’s transfer service for quite some time, was saved from a UDRP. Registered in 1993, MSC.com was challenged by MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company Holding S.A. of Geneva, Switzerland. The Respondent and current owner, Paul Kocher, acquired it in December 2013 through […]Copyright © 2014 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
A rare automatic finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking was delivered in a case where the Complainant, an Argentinian accounting firm, tried to wrestle a domain away from a Mexican Bank established more than 100 years ago. The RDNH finding was not initiated by the Complainant and it’s thus automatic; the sole panelist, Dennis A. Foster, […]Copyright © 2014 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.
This has to be a real bummer for the owner of Y8.org, a domain used as a repository of online flash games. In this case, the Complainant is a games entertainment company based in Hong Kong, China – Web Entertainment LLC – operating from Y8.com. Unfortunately for the Respondent, the timing of the acquisition of […]Copyright © 2014 DomainGang.com · All Rights Reserved.