Head.com: Corp using UDRP to fight faux fashionista domainer

If you got some “head” domains, better watch out: the HEAD brand is strong and famous. The HEAD Group operates from the domain Head.com and its international roster of companies is impressive. HEAD creates sportswear and other fashion items with its world-renowned logo. It comes as no surprise when China-based producers of faux (fake) fashion […]

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Abject Stupidity: #LEGO is a generic word that cannot be monopolized

A fine example of “abject stupidity” is demonstrated by the Respondent in a UDRP case filed against the domain LEGOip.com. The domain resolves to a web site offering intellectual property protection and its Egyptian registrant was hit with a UDRP in July. Note: LEGO, the Complainant in this case, is the #1 UDRP filer in […]

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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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Company wants to register COM as a #trademark – are .COM #domains in danger?

A company wants to trademark “COM” at the USPTO, and that might make a lot of domain investors uneasy. The trademark application was filed in June by Connecting World Merchandise, LLC, and in international class 035: “Wholesale ordering services in the field of medical apparatuses” But although the use of COM as a trademark is […]

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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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