And just like that, (1998) is lost in a UDRP

The old (1998) registration of the domain did not matter when Topco Holdings, Inc filed a UDRP. Its FOOD CLUB trademark came into play, registered in 1957 in the US for services that began as early as in 1945. One has to wonder what took the Complainant this long—26 years—to file a UDRP. In […]

Copyright © 2024 · All Rights Reserved. UDRP: We are not domainers, or cybersquatters

The Respondent to a UDRP about the domain used novel language to describe their use of the domain. “We are not domainers or cybersquatters,” said the Respondent, in response to Trimble Inc. that filed the UDRP. The three member panel was prepared to believe them, despite their listing of the domain at Sedo with […]

Copyright © 2024 · All Rights Reserved. UDRP: Complainant’s disclaimed mark essentially worthless in a UDRP

The UDRP filed against the domain wasn’t going anywhere, as the GRAIN GAUGE mark of the Complainant’s is double disclaimed. In other words, both GRAIN and GAUGE had to be disclaimed per the Respondent’s statement: Respondent, Web Master / LevALERT, Inc. (“Respondent”) contends Complainant filed an application to register a design mark that included […]

Copyright © 2024 · All Rights Reserved. UDRP: Passive domain forwarding as a “fair use” indicator

The registrant of the domain had no rights to the BLACKSTONE mark; furthermore, he pointed the domain to a page under Blackstone TM LLC filed a UDRP to get the domain via the National Arbitration Forum. This type of forwarding does not indicate any good intentions by the Respondent. As the Forum (NAF) […]

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Not so wyze: Chinese squatter lost UDRP for

The epitome of cybersquatting is when you take that infringing domain and monetize it by selling products that are knockoffs of these sold by the trademark holder. In the case of the domain, the Chinese squatter used the domain to sell knockoff products of Wyze Labs, creators of high-quality, easy-to-use smart home products under […]

Copyright © 2024 · All Rights Reserved. After HugeDomains sale, new owner hit with UDRP; RDNH ensued

Mr. George Novik acquired the domain in 2022, for the sum of $2,295 dollars paid to HugeDomains in installments. He proceeded with setting up a business web site not too long after but a UDRP was filed against it by Zeroqode, Inc. The Complainant registered the mark ZEROQODE with the USPTO in 2017 that […]

Copyright © 2024 · All Rights Reserved. British op won UDRP without even responding

It’s great news for Nina Chang, founder of the British “success story” web site, The domain was reeled into the UDRP process thanks to EL Films LLC, an American firm, that asserted it violates their CAREER GIRLS trademark. That claim didn’t sit well with the Forum (NAF) panelist, who noted that the domain is […]

Copyright © 2024 · All Rights Reserved. Indian company won UDRP filed by trademark holder

An Indian consulting company operating from the domain name was the Respondent in a UDRP case filed by a Texas IP illustration company. The latter was established in 2007 and has registered IP ILLUSTRATION as a trademark with the USPTO. They based their filing on this mark, alleging that the Indian Respondent’s use of […]

Copyright © 2024 · All Rights Reserved. UDRP win for Complainant over trademark-infringing domain name

The term “yelp” might seem generic but it’s associated with Yelp, an established web site reviewing businesses. Founded in 2004, Yelp Inc.operates from the domain and the Yelp mobile app, which publishes crowd-sourced reviews about businesses. The company filed a UDRP against the domain that was responded to; the Respondent used an attorney […]

Copyright © 2024 · All Rights Reserved. UDRP: Verbit lost to newly-formed AI Respondent

British company Take Note was acquired by Verbit in 2022, thus going international. The company provides high-quality transcription and captioning. Through its acquisition of Take Note, Verbit owns the mark TAKE NOTE for “transcription services;” the mark was registered August 15, 2008. Meanwhile, a small team of AI tech developers in the UK formed a […]

Copyright © 2024 · All Rights Reserved. Generic, aged .com domain flies away from UDRP ground

The domain name consists of two dictionary words, “aviation” and “trader” that together form the “aviation trader” construct: A seller of airplanes, for example. Registered in 2012, the domain was hit with a UDRP filed by Sandhills Global, Inc. on the basis of the AVIATION TRADER mark registered in 2022 in Australia and New […]

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Vanderhall Motor Works vs. Pim van der Hall—Who won the UDRP?

A UDRP involving the domain name brought the Complainant, Vanderhall Motor Works, against the domain’s Dutch Respondent, Pim van der Hall. The domain was registered in 2000 by the Respondent, exactly because it’s a match to his last name. In this UDRP, Mr. van der Hall did not respond but the Forum (NAF) panelist […]

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