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Bill Gates: MarriageOver.com and EasyDivorce.com

One has to feel sad that Bill Gates is divorcing, but maybe the lives of billionaires are more complicated than we think. On that note, two new trademark applications were filed at the USPTO, by two separate law firms, whose counsels share the same last name. Florida based law firm Ranson & Ranson pllc applied […]

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Surprise.com : Trademark application reveals #domain sale

The operators of Surprise.com have filed for the registration of the matching mark, SURPRISE.COM. What is Surprise.com all about? According to their web site: Surprise gets people and teams to perform at their best every single day by converting quarterly or annual bonuses to a timescale that aligns with today’s highly-stimulated, high-expectation workforce. The mark […]

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Hatzalah vs. Hatzolah : Who won the #UDRP?

Hatzolah is a Hebrew term meaning “rescue” and is generic for the provision of rescue services. Similarly, the term “hatzalah” is in use by numerous parties around the world in connection with EMS rescue services in primarily Jewish neighborhoods. Chevra Hatzalah Inc., operates a volunteer ambulance service primarily in New York City and in some […]

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Grasshoppers.com trademark application had to be amended—here’s why

A few months ago, a trademark application for the registration of the GRASSHOPPERS.COM mark hit the USPTO. At first, it seemed to be “yet another” generic domain application. Since the Booking.com case last summer, owners of generic domains have applied for similar registrations in droves. But while the GRASSHOPPERS.COM application is for cannabis products and […]

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Memorials.com applied for #trademark registration at the #USPTO

The operators of the domain Memorials.com, a domain registered in 1996, have applied for the registration of the matching MEMORIALS.COM trademark. As expected, the application was filed with specific memorial products in mind: On-line ordering services featuring funerary products e.g. memorials,urns, caskets, marker, scupltures and jewelry; On-line retail store services featuring funerary products e.g. memorials,urns, […]

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RapidRepel.com #UDRP: Five figure asking price not a sign of bad faith

Entrepreneurs seeking a sizeable return on their investment aren’t automatically found in “bad faith.” The registrant of RapidRepel.com registered the domain in 2017 with a project in mind.  United Industries Corporation produces a series of pesticides and one of them is called RapidRepel and filed a UDRP to get the domain. In 2017, the Respondent […]

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Low testosterone case: Pharma corp lost #UDRP against Aveed.com

Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a pharmaceutical company that since 2014 has provided its injectable testosterone replacement therapy for men’s health under the trademark AVEED. Meanwhile, the domain Aveed.com was registered in 2005, predating the mark by almost a decade. Despite that, they went ahead and filed a UDRP while they operate from aveedusa.com. The Respondent […]

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Shil.com offers four points of advice to #RDNH wannabes

The UDRP against the domain Shil.com ended with a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH.) The case involved a domain with a registration predating the Complainant’s incorporation date by 18 years. Getting a finding of RDNH against Somany Home Innovation Limited wasn’t the end of the road for the Respondent, who wants to warn […]

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Rykiel.com : Famous French fashionista fails #UDRP

Sonia Rykiel was a famous French fashion designer, and her brand was acquired in 2020. The manager of the assets of the French companies Sonia Rykiel Création et Diffusion de Modèles SA and Sonia Rykiel Parfums Beaute SA, both established by the late Sonia Rykiel, filed a UDRP against the domain Rykiel.com, claiming rights to […]

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CustomCookies.com applied for #trademark registration at the #USPTO

The operators of CustomCookies.com, a domain registered in 2000, have applied for the registration of the matching CUSTOMCOOKIES.COM trademark. As expected, the application was filed with specific cookie products in mind: Cookies; Macaroons; Cake pops; Brownies; Brownie pops; Donuts; Marshmallows; Marshmallow pops; Chocolate covered pretzels All of the services are already in place, with a […]

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#Instagram threatens to sue operator of DontUseInstagram.com

Instagram is a Facebook brand, and the behemoth of social media is known to be very protective of its brands. A cease and desist notice has been sent to the registrant of the domain name DontUseInstagram.com. The domain was registered in 2016. On the active web site, the operator of “Don’t Use Instagram” presents a […]

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Give.com trademark application failed

The trademark application for GIVE.COM has failed to materialize, according to USPTO records. The application was filed in July 2020, along with GIVELIFY GIVE.COM that was filed in October 2020. That application is still pending, all while the domain Give.com is parked with a “for sale” lander. Why was the registration of GIVE.COM, that matches […]

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