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Welllink.com UDRP : Transfer was denied, despite no response by the Respondent

UDRP has been denied.

The domain Welllink.com was hit with a UDRP, as the Complainant, Well-Link Industry Co., Ltd. of New Taipei City, Taiwan, asserted they have rights to the WELLLINK mark.

That’s three L’s in a row, and the domain Welllink.com was registered in 2005, while the mark in question was registered in 2010.

There was no response by the Respondent, who appears to be a domain investor based in South Korea. The domain has been listed with a $15,000 dollar price tag on Domain Name Sales.

The sole panelist at the WIPO, Frederick M. Abbott, stated the following:

“Respondent registered the disputed domain name on February 16, 2005, more than four years prior to Complainant’s registration of its trademark (in Taiwan Province of China). The first commercial project listed by Complainant in its submission is a domestic project in the year 2008. The first listings for international projects are in Belgium and Spain in 2010.

There is nothing on the record of this proceeding to indicate that Complainant acquired rights in its trademark as early as February 2005, and Complainant has not suggested a basis on which Respondent could or should have been aware of any claim by Complainant to rights in a trademark as early as that date.”

Welllink.com was thus denied transfer to the Complainant, and you can read the full text of this UDRP decision here.

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