Wikipedia domain UDRP respondent cites Valuate.com

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? […]

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Zions Bank reaps first multiple new gTLD domains in clear cut UDRP

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 […]

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Descriptive domain FinancialServicesRoundtable.com saved from UDRP but no RDNH

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 […]

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BleachStains.com: UDRP fails to take generic domain owner to the cleaners

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 […]

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It’s St. Lazarus against St. Lazarus in domain UDRP

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 […]

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ESQwire: No domain is too small for consultation on a pending UDRP

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 […]

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UDRP hits dot .guru registrant as QLIKVIEW trademark gets enforced

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 […]

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First dot .Buzz UDRP stings Kering.buzz

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, […]

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Three letter .com MSC.com saved from UDRP

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 […]

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Reverse Domain Name Hijacking: It’s Argentina versus Mexico in a UDRP

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, […]

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Two character domain Y8.org lost in UDRP

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 […]

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