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Don’t mess with the Yeti : Multiple domains lost in UDRP

Yeti is a famous manufacturer of coolers, mugs and other containers, and very protective of its brand. Operating from Yeti.com, the company takes care of online business by often filing UDRPs against holders of infringing domains. We counted 36 UDRP filings in less than one year! Although “yeti” appears to be a generic word, when […]

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More “188” domains grabbed via UDRP

Yet another UDRP over domains that begin with the not-so-lucky number “188” has been decided at the WIPO. Following on a batch of six digit numeric .com domains in April, and one UDRP in February for the same type of number, the new case involved the following domain names: 188b0.com, 188b1.com, 188b2.com, 188b3.com, 188b4.com, 188b5.com, […]

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Cybersquatting : It should not be controlled by the US Congress

The problem of cybersquatting as it applies to domains, isn’t new. ICANN started dealing with such violations in 1999, introducing the UDRP process on April 30th of that year. Although 17 years have passed since, many domain investors continue to fail the cybersquatting test, with regards to the domain registrations of choice. An article from […]

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Yoyo Email Ltd. : 7 more .Email domains were lost in UDRP

In the two years since the launch of the dot .Email gTLD, a British company, Yoyo Email Ltd. made news repeatedly. Citing a pending, yet non-disclosable to the public service, Yoyo Email Ltd. registered a few thousand .Email domains, many – if not most – of which matched corporate names, or trademarks of companies. In […]

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UK Court on Yoyo Email Ltd. UDRP decisions : Unable to appeal

The last time we heard from the illustrious Yoyo Email Ltd. with regards to UDRP decisions, was in late July, in the case of 118500.email. Since then, the British company carried on with several additional UDRP cases – all lost – notably for these domains: Qualcomm.Email – Lost to Qualcomm Inc. Equifax.Email – Lost to […]

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NewForests.com : Geo domain used in marketing salvaged from UDRP

Executive summary: The UDRP against the aged, generic domain, NewForests.com was denied, with a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking as well. A three member panel at the WIPO delivered their decision, after hearing out the Complainant’s claims. New Forests Asset Management Pty Limited of North Sydney, Australia, asserted they held a trademark on ‘NEW […]

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IEC.com : Three letter domain saved from the clutch of a UDRP

IEC.com, an aged, three letter .com domain was saved at the WIPO after International Electrotechnical Commission of Geneva, Switzerland filed a UDRP against it. Represented by ESQwire.com, the Respondent asked for a three member panel to deliver a decision. According to the UDRP: “Amongst other things, the Complainant is the owner of Swiss Trademark Registration […]

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XYZ Generation in full blast: Hilarious UDRP over Petrobras.XYZ

The UDRP over the domain Petrobras.XYZ contains some colorful allegations by the Respondent, who challenged the rights of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A – Petrobras of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Alleging that the trademark owner’s rights expired after the XYZ sunrise period ended, the Respondent sent an email to the Complainant about her intentions of use for […]

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Constantine Roussos on the .Music trademark, ICANN and the gTLD program

Constantine Roussos, whose company has applied for the .Music gTLD, is currently facing ICANN’s bureaucracy and effective bias towards the gTLD applications of large corporations. Unfazed by the recent gTLD process hurdles that have generated a lot of criticism, Roussos is currently preparing a strong comeback, to ensure that his .Music brand and registered trademark […]

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ICANN & .MUSIC gTLD: Upholding US vs. International trademark law

It seems that no-one is willing to tell it like it truly is: despite its multi-national personnel and leadership, ICANN is clearly upholding the laws of the United States and the USPTO in particular. This shocking revelation comes as a further slap in the face of established entrepreneurs, such as Constantine Roussos of the .MUSIC […]

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Did the Retweet.com buyer blow $250,000 ?

The news of Retweet.com selling for a quarter of a million dollars on Flippa, six months ago, came as an indication that start-ups are willing to invest serious money in domaining and social media. As we mentioned back then, the existing trademark applications at the USPTO complicated things about which company – other than Twitter […]

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New York Cosmos returns – Soccer trademark headache for BuyDomains?

It seems like yesterday when I watched, a kid still, Pelé’s farewell demonstration soccer match on TV. New York Cosmos played New York Santos on October 1, 1977 – a game that featured legendary Brazilian soccer player Edison Arantes do Nascimento, or Pelé to the rest of the world. Cosmos won 2-1 with a goal […]

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