Mclip.com UDRP : If you own 43 domains you’re a “sophisticated domainer”

A registered trademark does not give automatic rights to a domain.

A registered trademark does not give automatic rights to a domain.

This is one for the domain books.

A UDRP against the domain Mclip.com that was filed at the WIPO, used the following reference to the domain’s owner:

“According to the DomainIQ records, the Respondent is the owner of 43 active domains, with an estimated portfolio value of over USD 10,000. Therefore, it is submitted that the Respondent should be considered a sophisticated domainer and be held to a higher standard than a novice user owning only one or a handful of domains.”

WOW!

If that’s the case, anyone with 100 domains would be royally screwed, if the same Complainant were ever to file a UDRP against them.

Except in this case, and despite no response from the Respondent, EKR Systems Limited of London, United Kingdom lost the case!

The British firm filed for a trademark on April 20, 2009 and MCLIP was registered on July 13, 2010, with a claim of first use in commerce as of April 1, 2010.

Meanwhile, the domain Mclip.com was registered on March 13, 2009.

Not only that, but regarding the Complainant’s allegations, DomainTools returns only 8 domains under the same email address; two of which are very related to mclip.com: memoclip.com and militaryclip.com.

It goes without saying, that the sole panelist, Luca Barbero, ordered the domain Mclip.com to remain with the Respondent.

For the full text of the UDRP, click here.

Or head over to Uniregistry to register SophisticatedDomainer.com – 43 domain minimum required. 😀

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