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Chik-fil-a.com: Chinese chicken #domain lost via the UDRP process

A Chinese cybersquatter monetized the domain Chik-fil-a.com for almost a decade, sending typo-traffic to “Chinese chicken” competitors among other destinations. The ensuing UDRP was filed by CFA Properties Inc. and Chick-fil-A Inc., that own the registered trademark CHICK-FIL-A since 1982. Founded in 1946, the friend chicken (and more) franchise is extremely popular in the US […]

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YouTubetoMP3music.com: #UDRP decision will shut down service

Is it “fair use” when you use a known brand or mark to offer a service, even if you don’t collect money for it? Not really and there are rules in place for exactly that. Apparently, YouTubetoMP3music.com uses the YouTube brand as part of its domain name. Google LLC that operates YouTube filed a UDRP, […]

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The Mortgage Link: Common law mark not enough to win #UDRP

The Mortgage Link is a real estate company that asserts common law trademark rights in THE MORTGAGE LINK mark, based upon use of that mark since 2002.  They operate from the domain TheMtgLink.com. They filed a UDRP against the domain TheMortageLink.com that was registered in 2009, seven years after the alleged first use of their […]

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LiveVideo.com: Aged #domain didn’t sell for $500,000 dollars; lost via the #UDRP process

LiveVideo.com, an aged domain registered in 1995, was offered for sale with a $500,000 dollar price tag to its previous registrant. Oddly, the domain was in the control of Livevideo.com Inc. until 2018, when the company lost control of it. They filed a UDRP citing existing marks for LIVEVIDEO and/or LIVEVIDEO.COM. According to the UDRP, […]

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ObamaPresidentialCenter.com: Fifty thousand dollar #domain listing ends up in #UDRP

The domain ObamaPresidentialCenter.com, along with six others, were lost in a UDRP that utilized the fame of the OBAMA mark to usurp the aged domains. The Complainant is The Barack Obama Foundation, filing the UDRP at the National Arbitration Forum. The domains involved in this UDRP are obamapresidentialcenter.com, thebarackobamapresidentiallibrary.com, thebarackhobamapresidentialcenter.com, barackhobamapresidentialcenter.com, barackhobamapresidentialcenter.org, thebarackhobamapresidentialcenter.org, and thebarackhobamapresidentiallibrary.com. […]

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InterAmazon.com: Affiliate sellers have no right to the Amazon brand

If you’re selling stuff on Amazon, or if you curate items for sale with your affiliate id, you cannot use the Amazon brand. Using, for example, a domain such as InterAmazon.com while claiming to be a “subsidiary” of Amazon, is a big no-no. The registrant of InterAmazon.com soon found out that Amazon is very protective […]

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Brickworks.com: A #domain registered in 1997 had to be defended at the National Arbitration Forum

Just another brick in the wall: A latecomer to the branding and domain game takes the registrant of an aged domain to the UDRP process. Aussie company Brickworks Building Products Pty Ltd. filed a UDRP against the domain Brickworks.com that was registered in 1997. Their Australian trademarks trail the domain’s registration by at least 10 […]

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Cat-tracks.com: Don’t use a brand’s fame to sell competitive products!

The domain Cat-tracks.com faced a UDRP filed by Caterpillar Inc. of CAT.com fame. The Complainant pointed out that the domain was used to promote and sell competitive products, all while displaying the CAT brand and mark. Indeed, as seen by the Respondent’s Facebook page, the majority of items for sale are not manufactured by Caterpillar. […]

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Fortini.com: UDRP shows $350,000 asking price for “common surname”

Dutch company N.V. Nutricia, producers of a food supplement product called “Fortini,” filed a UDRP against the domain Fortini.com. The Respondent in this case is Epik founder, Rob Monster. Epik is simply the registrar and not the Respondent in this case. Fortini.com was registered in 2012 and the Complainant has acquired the registration of trademarks […]

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MallOfOman.com: #UDRP Complainant loses case for the 2nd time

Majid Al Futtaim Properties LLC lost the UDRP filed against the domain MallOfOman.com in 2018. The domain had been registered long before the Complainant acquired its mark. Complainants that lost a UDRP can refile, if new developments warrant such filing; the 2nd time their UDRP filing was also denied, despite no official response by the […]

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Security-Finance.com: A 1999 #domain the subject of a failed #UDRP filing

Certain generic words and word combos make weak trademarks. That’s the primary take from the UDRP filed against the domain Security-Finance.com, consisting of two generic words, security and finance. Security Group, Inc. d/b/a Security Finance, filed the UDRP to usurp the domain, citing trademark violations. They registered the mark SECURITY FINANCE in 2020, whereas the […]

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EpIcgames.com: #Domain lost via the #UDRP process

Typosquatting is bad enough; creating visual confusion with the use of alternate letters takes it to another level. Epic Games, Inc. filed a UDRP against the domain name Eplcgames.com. That’s a lower case “L” there, not a capital “i.” Such letter substitutions can be used for phishing and the installation of malware, as many would […]

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