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GLOCK to the head : Gun manufacturer fails to win UDRP against LLLL .com domain

GLOCK, Inc. is a major weapons manufacturer of popular handguns, and they took aim at a domain investor’s four letter .com domain. In a UDRP that was filed at the National Arbitration Forum against the registrant of GSSF.com, GLOCK claimed that their matching mark was infringed: Complainant uses the GSSF mark in association with the […]

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Mixcraft UDRP : Respondent can keep it despite Complainant’s trademark

A UDRP that was filed against the domain name Mixcraft.com, was based on the MIXCRAFT trademark that the Complainant, Acoustica Inc., owns since 2005. The case was decided at the National Arbitration Forum, and the Respondent fought back the claims of having no legitimate rights to the domain. “Respondent did not register the domain name […]

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After losing UDRP, WWE.org registrant posts ‘manifesto’ against the World Wrestling Entertainment

Recently, the registrant of WWE.org lost the domain in a UDRP filed by the World Wrestling Entartainment (formerly WWF). The UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum. The transfer was ordered on October 13th, which prompted the wrath of the domain’s registrant, who went ballistic against WWE. On the homepage of WWE.org, the Respondent […]

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Ancestry.pro: Lengthiest UDRP dispute ever shows why you need a lawyer!

In what appears to be the lengthiest UDRP document in recent memory, the domain name Ancestry.pro was ordered to be transferred to the Complainant, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. The Respondent, registered the domain Ancestry.pro in 2011, after its original registrant since 2004 failed to renew it. The Complainant, operates the web site Ancestry.com since 1995 and […]

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Generic domain BrandEnhancement.com lost via ridiculous UDRP

A very peculiar and rather crafty UDRP at the National Arbitration Forum has resulted in the loss of the generic and aged domain name, BrandEnhancement.com. The domain was registered in 1999, and it has been renewed every year since. The Complainant, Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG, is a large international company and a supplier […]

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WordPress is a trademark, people!

A lot of people, domainers included, fail to realize that ‘WordPress‘ is a registered trademark. One of the basic functions of trademark registration, is the owner’s obligation to defend it, should they become aware of an infringement. Such violations occur quite often in the world of domains, and when one registers domains that incorporate ‘WordPress‘ […]

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UDRP for gTLD: Heavy Duty or Harley Davidson?

A UDRP against the domain name H-D.bike was decided recently, with the Complainant awarded the domain name from a non-responsive Respondent. Harley Davidson, world-famous for its motorcycles – affectionately called “bikes” – owns a trademark for “H-D” since 1984; that’s 30 full years. The registrant of the domain, H-D.bike, wasn’t shy about it: the landing […]

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National Arbitration Forum redacts name of Respondent in lost UDRP case

In a strange UDRP case involving the domain name HormelFood.org, the National Arbitration Forum sided with the Complainant, Hormel Foods Corporation, Hormel Foods Sales, LLC, and Hormel Foods, LLC. It wasn’t the obvious violation of the Complainant’s long established trademarks that gave the case away, or the fact that Hormel came down as a Holy […]

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Reverse domain name hijacking? Nope, UDRP slamdunk for the Complainant

This is an unfortunate decision for the owner of AceCapital.com, a domain name registered in 1997. Its owner appears to have owned it since around 2012, perhaps after acquiring it in the secondary domain market. Despite the generic characteristics of the domain, and the lack of a registered trademark by the Complainant, the decision was […]

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“Creativ” trademark fails to win UDRP over 15 year old .com domain

A UDRP brought at the National Arbitration Forum for the domain name, Creativ.com, ended with the Complainant’s defeat – despite rendering no response by the domain owner, and the existence of pending trademark applications. The single member panel pointed out that two years of use for the term and a thousand followers on Twitter do […]

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“Capitalist American” domain reseller slam-dunks trademark holder’s UDRP

Out of dozens of UDRP decisions every week at the National Arbitration Forum, very few are decided on behalf of the Respondent. In a case involving the domain name Hovermat.com, the Respondent – a self proclaimed “domain reseller” – decided to take the high road, that of ultimate cockiness. And he won! 😀 Despite a […]

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Stevie Wonder: I just called, to say, I sue you!

Stevie Wonder might not be having any recent #1 hits, but the former child prodigy has had a remarkable music career, since the 1960’s. Being blind at birth did not stop Stevie Wonder – formerly Stevland Hardaway Morris – from succeeding as a song writer and musician, gaining international fame and fortune, particularly in the […]

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