#Sexpats .com : #Domain is generic, despite common law #trademark claim by movie producers

Sexpats.com, a domain that dropped and was caught twice by DropCatch, currently hosts content about the word’s definition: Sexpat (noun), an compound of sex and expat or expatriate. A sexpat is one who participates in tourism with the express intention of having sex. There may be a variety of reasons for this, such as: less […]

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#Natixis : Brand squatters registering #crypto #domain names

The proliferation of cryptocurrencies, ICO filings and blockchain technology has given a boost to domain squatting. Opportunists register domain names that consist of names of corporations in the financial field, plus a generic suffix such as “crypto” or “coins.” They do so in hopes of selling these domains to the company, or even to create […]

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#Novacap : 30 year old company forgot to renew #domain

Knowles Cazenovia, Inc., is a ceramic capacitor manufacturer of more than 30 years, under the Novacap brand. They registered a trademark for NOVACAP in 2008, and held the .com until late 2017, when they somehow forgot to renew it. Registered in 1996, the domain Novacap.com was auctioned off on NameJet, where it sold for $3,333 […]

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#DirectBooking .com : Twenty year old #domain challenged via the #UDRP process

Booking.com B.V. of Amsterdam, Netherlands, is popular for its “Booking.Yeah” commercials. They also own DirectBooking.com, and a company from Morocco with a French trademark for DIRECT-BOOKING went after them. The Complainant owns the exact dashed variant, Direct-Booking.com and DirectBooking.net. No wonder they were lusting after the .com. The Respondent stated that they in fact objected […]

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Bullshit #blockchain project on #Baidu .bot #domain called out by #WIPO panelist

If you register the domain of a famous brand, such as Baidu, better check your bullshit factor at the door. The domain Baidu.bot, a direct reference to the Chinese search engine’s online “robot,” is being turned into some type of pseudo-cryptocurrency project. These days, crypto projects are a dime a dozen, and anyone can pop […]

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#Rolyn .com : Twenty-three year old #domain saved at the #WIPO

The aged domain, Rolyn.com, was registered in 1995 – at the dawn of the commercial Internet. Rolyn Companies Inc. of Rockville, Maryland, challenged its registrant, who is based in Korea. The UDRP was filed at the WIPO and the Respondent was represented by ESQwire.com.* A trademark for ROLYN was registered in 2011 by the Complainant. […]

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#PapaJohns : Eighteen year old #domain typo lost in #UDRP

PapaJohn’s pizza has seen better days, but even in 2000 it was extremely popular in the US. That’s when the typo domain, PapJohns.com, was registered, and for the next 18 years it kept on servingĀ  – millions of ads, that is. We can only imagine the revenue it generated, particularly in zero click redirects, but […]

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You are OK? Aged dot .com #domain lost in #UDRP thanks to Respondent’s history

Once you get hit with a UDRP that you don’t respond to, the most likely decision is to lose it by default. In the case of the domain YouAreOK.com, it’s an asset registered in 2009. A company claiming that they are using the mark in commerce since 2010, filed a UDRP against the domain’s ower; […]

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#ActiveRings .com #UDRP : Mike Mann lost a generic #domain name to its previous registrant

You can’t beat them all, and domain investor Mike Mann just lost the UDRP for the obviously generic domain, ActiveRings.com. Registered in 2013, the domain expired earlier this year; Mike Mann’s Domain Asset Holding’s outfit acquired it via an expired domain auction at GoDaddy. The price was not listed. The previous owners, Victor Alvarado D/B/A […]

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Apparel maker, #Guess, loses #G81 .com #UDRP with #RDNH finding

Guess, the apparel maker company, has just lost the UDRP they filed against the domain G81.com. At the same time, they were branded with a Reverse Domain Name Hijacking finding. Registered in 2004, G81.com matches the Complainant’s trademark, G81, for shirts, T-shirts, jeans and pants. The Respondent provided evidence that G81 wasn’t famous at the […]

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SNN .com : Allegedly stolen #domain fails to be recovered via the #UDRP process

The former owner of the three letter domain, SNN.com, filed a UDRP to recover it, alleging it was stolen. The current owner disputed these claims; based in China, they fought back, stating they acquired it legitimately. The Complainant, Delbert R. Terrill Jr., presented proof of use and a common law mark, stating that SNN is […]

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#Symcode .net UDRP: And that’s why you use pros for your #logo

The UDRP against the domain Symcode.net was brought by a company that owns the SYMBOL mark. Zebra Technologies Corporation operates from Zebra.com and uses SYMBOL as both a stylized and word mark. They also own the domain Symbol.com. Then why did they go after Symcode.net claiming trademark infringement? Symcode.net is used by a Chinese company […]

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