Websec.com UDRP ends with Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

WebSec Holdings, B.V., the Netherlands, fired up their legal salvo to acquire the domain name Websec.com. Registered in 2002, the domain’s creation date predates the Dutch cybersecurity’s formation date by 18 whole years. Prior to the UDRP, the Complainant offered $1,000 to acquire the domain; the Respondent’s acquisition of the domain in 2016 cost more, […]

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Thursday.com UDRP: Thursday Boot Company got the RDNH boot

Thursday Boot Company filed a UDRP to usurp the premium, aged, generic domain name Thursday.com. The UDRP failed because the Complainant’s marks were registered after the Respondent’s acquisition of the domain (registration: 1996) for $40,000 dollars in 2011. Not only was the transfer denied, the Complainant was found guilty of engaging in Reverse Domain Name […]

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Presonate.com: Domain portmanteau registrant wins UDRP with Reverse Domain Name Hijacking finding

The operator of Presonate.com stated that he invented the term as a portmanteau of “presentation” and “resonate”. Presonate Zrt., Hungary, filed a UDRP to usurp the domain, citing its use as a pornographic web site. In their response, the Respondent claims to have used the Domain Name for his personal blog relating to communication, presentation, […]

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Texas Media Properties can’t get TexasMediaProperties.com via the UDRP process

Texas Media Properties LLC failed to acquire the domain TexasMediaProperties.com via the UDRP process, as the term is purely descriptive of “Texas media properties.” The WIPO panelist noted: Complainant has not carried its burden to prove bad faith registration. Complainant makes no explicit allegation or argument that Respondent registered the Disputed Domain Name in bad […]

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OpenAI is sending “Cease & Desist” letters to providers of #ChatGPT services

It was long expected; OpenAI, operators of the ground-breaking AI platform ChatGPT, is sending Cease & Desist letters to operators of services using domains with the “GPT” acronym. As reported by the owner of SiteGPT.ai, a company called Brandshield sent the email that reads as follows: OpenAl brand guideline outreach – https://sitegpt.ai openai <openai@brandshield.com> to […]

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Kink.ai safe after UDRP decision denies transfer

The domain name Kink.ai consists of a dictionary word. Cybernet Entertainment LLC filed a UDRP to usurp it, based on a trademark for KINK it registered in 2016. The domain was registered in 2017 and it’s offered for sale via Grit Brokerage for $19,000 dollars. The Complainant’s request for the domain’s transfer was denied, for […]

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BoardsAndBeyond.com UDRP: A 2009 domain vs. a 2018 trademark—Who won?

The mark BOARDS AND BEYOND was registered in 2018, citing 2014 as the year during which the mark was first used in interstate commerce. Meanwhile, the domain name BoardsAndBeyond.com was registered in 2009 and it displayed either PPC ads or a for sale landing page ever since. It’s interesting to note that in the ensuing […]

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Herr Foods retained John Berryhill in cybersquatting case

Herr Foods, Inc. is an American brand owner of potato chips and other snack foods produced in Nottingham, Pennsylvania. The brands include baked snacks Good Natured Selects, a product range that was introduced in 2013. The term is a registered trademark and somehow someone at the corporate branding and marketing team dropped the ball on […]

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Axa.blog UDRP: French company lost attempt to twist the .Blog Registry’s arm

You are about to be educated: Can a registry or registrar be liable under the UDRP? Apparently, when acting solely in its capacity as a registry or registrar, and not also as a registrant, a registry or registrar is not subject to jurisdiction under the UDRP as a respondent. A registry or registrar would be […]

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MundoNatural.com: UDRP ends with Reverse Domain Name Hijacking finding

Mundo Natural, Inc., filed a UDRP to usurp the domain MundoNatural.com, registered in 2002. The domain was acquired by the Respondent due to its generic meaning of “natural world” in 2015, apparently for $740 dollars. The Complainant’s MUNDONATURAL mark was registered in 2022. In its trademark application, the Complainant claimed the mark was first used […]

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VGW.com: UDRP panelist slaps Complainant with Reverse Domain Name Hijacking finding

The registrant of VGW.com won the UDRP that was filed by VGW Holdings Limited, Australia, with a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking. Despite having a valid mark for VGW, the Complainant lost this case as the domain was registered in 2002, years before they formed in 2010: “Here, the disputed domain name was registered […]

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GoToHale.com: Reverse Domain Name Hijacking decision

The registrant of the domain GoToHale.com was making a pun about his last name, Hale; he registered the domain in 2000. Roger Hale is a cybersecurity professional; a Florida law firm, Hale Law, P.A, filed a UDRP to get the domain based on a mark for GO TO HALE that was registered in 2020. That […]

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