KF.org : Twenty year old domain saved from UDRP claiming rights to “KF”

Twenty years ago, the two letter domain KF.org was registered by Matthias Felger; little did he know, that his nickname would be challenged via the UDRP process. The Complainant is John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Inc. d/b/a Knight Foundation. They asserted that the domain KF.org represents the shortened variant of their domain, KnightFoundation.org, […]

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Watersoft.com UDRP : Respondent sought a Reverse Domain Name Hijacking finding

Registered in 1998, the domain Watersoft.com was challenged via the UDRP process. Complainant is Chandler Systems, Incorporated of Ashland, Ohio, a company that designs and manufactures water softener and treatment products under the name and mark WATERSOFT. According to the UDRP, the Complainant is the owner of a United States trademark registration for the trademark […]

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LALA.com UDRP ends with a Reverse Domain Name Hijacking finding for Apple

The domain LALA.com was challenged via the UDRP process, and Apple was on the receiving end. Registered in 1996, LALA.com belonged to La La Media, a company and service acquired by Apple. In recent years, it was only being used as a mail server, with no web presence, as Apple shut down the La La […]

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MyResumeNow.com : Domainer-friendly law firm, ESQwire.com, beats UDRP

Bold Limited filed a UDRP against MyResumeNow.com – a domain registered in 2017. The Respondent was represented by ESQwire.com, and attorney Ari Goldberger. ESQwire.com is a premium sponsor of DomainGang. The Complainant asserted rights to the domain, based on the following trademarks: Complainant registered the RESUME-NOW mark (Reg. No. 4,687,640) on February 17, 2015, and […]

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inMusic Brands lost UDRP it brought against owner of domain inMusic.com

inMusic Brands, a company based in Cumberland, Rhode Island, filed a UDRP against the Korean registrant of inMusic.com. Citing their registration of a trademark for INMUSIC since 2012, the Complainant stated they began using “inMusic” in 2007. The only problem: the Koren Respondent, Choi Yun Gul of cypack.com, registered the domain in 2001, and is […]

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Eco and echo : Greek root of words explained in UDRP decision

A UDRP decision for the domain Echomedia.ch, resulted in some Greek grammar analysis. Ecomedia AG of Nänikon, Switzerland filed a UDRP against EchoMedia GmbH, of Wollerau, Switzerland. So one company operates from Ecomedia.ch and the other from Echomedia.ch. The Complainant argued that this would create “unacceptable confusion.” The WIPO panel drilled into the root of […]

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NYSE is a trademark, as multi-domain UDRP shows

The acronym NYSE is a registered trademark, so don’t go about using it in domain registrations. A multi-domain UDRP across several TLDs, delivered a cache of NYSE domains to the Complainant, NYSE Group, Inc. The NYSE mark was registered with the USPTO in 1971: “Complainant, NYSE Group, Inc., operates the leading global exchange for trading […]

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PShot.com : Penis enlargement company’s UDRP falls short; gets whipped with RDNH

PShot.com was hit with a UDRP by a medical company that provides a penis enlargement procedure. Not only did the Respondent prevail, the panelists whipped the Complainant with a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking. According to the UDRP’s particulars: Complainant is Charles E. Runels, Jr., represented by Sheryl De Luca of Nixon & Vanderhye […]

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Google this : Trademark still strong, not a generic term, says the US Supreme Court

Google this, google that. The notion that “Google” is no longer a strong trademark, was disclaimed by the US Supreme Court this week. A lawsuit had claimed that “Google” had become synonymous with the term “search the Internet” and no longer worthy of a retaining its trademarked status. The US Supreme Court declined on Monday […]

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Doom.games : New gTLD domain in the hands of id Software via the UDRP process

It was doomed from the get-go, for the new gTLD domain, Doom.Games. Doom, the classic 1990’s game that spawned a long franchise that continues to this day, is also a registered trademark of 20 years. Dot .Games is a former gTLD of Rightside, now wholly owned by Donuts, Inc. The game’s creators, id Software LLC, […]

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Playboy.CLUB : UDRP Respondent claimed term is unknown, generic

A Chinese entrepreneur registered the domain Playboy.CLUB, perhaps out of admiration towards the iconic creation of the late Hugh Hefner. Or maybe not. In a UDRP that was filed by Playboy Enterprises International, Inc of Beverly Hills, California, the Respondent was Wu Hongyan of Beijing, China, self-represented. That’s right: there was actually a response in […]

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ALDEZ.com : UDRP fails, as domain predates Complainant’s trademark

The UDRP against the aged domain, ALDEZ.com, was denied at the WIPO; the Complainant was Aldez Containers LLC of Almont, Michigan. According to the UDRP, the Complainant alleged first use of is trademark, ALDEZ, in 1998, the same year that the .com domain was registered. However, the trademark was only applied for in 2016 and […]

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