MicroEdge.net UDRP: Brands need their own web site, claims WIPO panelist

The UDRP filed against the domain MicroEdge.net failed, despite an existing mark for MICROEDGE that Blackbaud, Inc., operators of the .com are in possession of. Blackbaud, Inc., acquired MicroEdge in 2014 for $160 million dollars, presumably along with all IP assets, including the domain MicroEdge.com. However, their web site at MicroEdge.com forwards to the corporate […]

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Lambo.com: WIPO panel decides to transfer #domain with split decision

The UDRP brought against the domain Lambo.com didn’t end well for the Respondent; in this case, they were self-represented at the WIPO. Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A filed the UDRP on the basis of a British registered trademark for LAMBO. The mark matches the domain, along with a common reference to the Lamborghini brand by car fans […]

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Macys.com: Retailer applied for the registration of the matching mark

Macy’s is an American chain of high-end department stores founded in 1858 by Rowland Hussey Macy. It operates online from the domain name Macys.com, registered in 1994. The company’s IP management department applied for the registration of the matching mark, MACYS.COM, at the USPTO. The application is for “On-line retail department store services” and states […]

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StudioAutobody.com: Why the heck was this UDRP denied?

When you register a domain on the instructions of someone, there better be an arrangement of sorts, such as a contract clause. In the case of StudioAutobody.com, two parties formed a company and one instructed the other to register the domain. Once the partnership was dissolved, the registrant declined to transfer the domain to the […]

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BrandForce trademarked “Brand as a service”

Premium domain name mega-brokerage, BrandForce, has registered the mark BRAND AS A SERVICE with the USPTO. The application was filed via their corporate sidekick, Southend Technologies, Inc., that is formed in Delaware. The mark application was filed in 2021 for the following services: Assistance, advisory services and consultancy in the field of: Acquisition, leasing, renting, […]

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FlyGo.com: UDRP failed with Reverse Domain Name Hijacking finding

The UDRP against the aged domain FlyGo.com failed, after its registrant successfully pointed out that they registered the domain in 1999 and used it as an Expedia affiliate web site since. Meanwhile, the Complainant, Fly Go Voyager SRL, Romania, began using the FLYGO mark many years later. The sole panelist at the WIPO denied the […]

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Honestly.com operators file for matching trademark registration at the USPTO

Honestly MT GmbH, operators of the ultra-premium domain name Honestly.com, have filed for the registration of the matching mark, HONESTLY.COM, at the USPTO. The application cites September 18, 2017 as the date of first use of the mark in commerce, for the following services: Platform as a service (PAAS) featuring computer software platforms for employee […]

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Ponthier.com: French corp fails to usurp #domain from IT consultant by that name

When your last name is Ponthier, your goal is to get the domain Ponthier.com. Shannon Ponthier is an IT consultant based in Texas, incorporated as Ponthier Enterprises Inc. She acquired the domain some time in 2015, according to WHOIS records. Ponthier S.A.S. is a French company formed in 1946; they operate from Ponthier.net, registered in […]

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Sexican.com: Sexy Mexican portmanteau sold at Uni Market got UDRP’ed

A sexy portmanteau such as “Sexican” deserves praise from brand specialists; the “sexy Mexican” combo is represented by the domain Sexican.com since 2005. The domain was sold in 2017 via the Uni Market for a “substantial sum” but someone claiming rights to the mark SEXICAN filed a UDPR after sending a cease and desist letter. […]

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Lazyboy.xyz: Here’s what not to do with famous trademarks

Famous trademarks such as LA-Z-BOY attract domain investors like flies to cow dung! The “art” of registering domain names that incorporate famous trademarks is lost in the mist of time and many domainers have gotten in deep poop for infringing on such trademarks. The very least you can lose is the domain and in the […]

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UDRP Complainant failed to rock Amadeus.co

Amadeus IT Group, S.A. is a major Spanish IT provider for the global travel and tourism industry. Operating since 1987, the company owns the domain Amadeus.com and filed a UDRP against the registrant of the domain Amadeus.co. Citing a number of existing marks, including one in Colombia where the .CO ccTLD operates from, the Amadeus […]

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Fix.com: LLL .com operators apply for the registration of the matching trademark

Eldis Group Partnership, operators of the premium domain Fix.com, have applied for the registration of the matching trademark, FIX.COM, at the USPTO. Eldis Group Partnership is a partnership organized under the laws of Canada, composed of Canada – Founder Holdings Inc. and ELDIS Incorporated, both incorporated under the laws of Nova Scotia, Canada. According to […]

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