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Pablo #Escobar .com : A $3,000,000 asking price led to #UDRP loss for this 20 year old #domain

The domain PabloEscobar.com was registered in 1999, as an exact match of a deceased Colombian drug lord’s name. Pablo Escobar’s notoriety has been portrayed in several movies and in the highly-acclaimed Netflix drama series, “Narcos.” The son of Pablo Escobar operates a fashion franchise on his late father’s legacy, and is a published author. Additionally, […]

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#TechTrends .com : A 2002 #domain was challenged via the #UDRP process

TechTrends.com is clearly a generic domain, and was registered in 2002. Its Korean registrant intended to set up a tech industry news magazine. They did so in 2018. By 2007, Association for Educational Communications and Technology had trademarked TECHTRENDS, and in 2019 they tried to grab the domain from its registrant via the UDRP process. […]

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Killed by #Google: Does this #domain pass the “fair use” requirement?

When it comes down to using famous brands in domain names, the basic response is: Don’t do it, bro. Most such cases end up in a swift UDRP decision favoring the Complainant – the company whose trademark was infringed upon. But is there a “fair use” instance that would permit such famous, or less famous […]

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#IQOS brand: Philip Morris is the absolute biggest #UDRP filer in #domain history!

It’s official: Philip Morris, makers of the smokeless IQOS device, has filed the most UDRP cases than anyone else in history. The UDRP process is turning 20 years old this October, and no other corporation has used it more often. There are now 253 separate UDRP filings, with 251 of them filed since October 2016 […]

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#Amazon Music HD : New audio service launched without the matching #domain name

Amazon made a big announcement yesterday, unveiling Amazon Music HD to complement its current product range. The high definition audio service comes in two flavors, one at 16bit/44.1 kHz quality called “HD” and a second at 24-bit/ 192 kHz quality called “Ultra HD.” Both streams claim exceptional audio quality and millions of songs to choose […]

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#Investigo .com UDRP : Someone tried to sell the #domain to the trademark holder

Some jackass attempted to sell the domain Investigo.com to the owners of the INVESTIGO mark, potentially posing as a broker for the registrant. The asking price was $45,000 dollars and that’s when Investigo UK filed a UDRP at the National Arbitration Forum. The owner acquired the domain 9 years before the Complainant acquired the mark […]

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#Facedbooks .com : #Cybersquatter wanted $50 million dollars for this #domain name

A blatant cybersquatter registered Facedbooks.com, and created a lander imitating an old version of Facebook.com. The domain was listed for sale on Afternic with an asking price of $4,999 dollars, but once Facebook filed a UDRP at the WIPO, the Respondent made threats. According to the UDRP case between Facebook Inc., and Turkey-based Guven Ozdemir, […]

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#PornFlix .com : Rick Schwartz receives C&D on a #domain he owns since 1998

PornFlix.com is an adult theme domain owned by Rick Schwartz since 1998. The Domain King shared news of a Cease and Desist letter – a.k.a., “nastygram” – that was sent by a Las Vegas company that registered the trademark PORN FLIX on June 25, 2019. Rick Schwartz’s quoted price for the domain was $3.5 million […]

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#Talage .com : Insurance company fails to wrestle away 13 year old #domain

Talage Insurance, Inc. attempted to take the domain nameĀ Talage.com from its registrant, who registered it in 2006, via the UDRP process at the WIPO. The domain’s registration date predates the company’s trademark registration by a full decade. Talage has been the Respondent’s nickname since the 1990s. A three member panel found no reason to deliver […]

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Rocket delivery .com : A 2003 #domain lost in 2019 via the #UDRP process

RocketDelivery.com, a domain registered in 2003, was wrestled away from its registrant via the UDRP process. The Complainant, Coupang Corporation, claimed that it has international trademarks for ROCKET, along with a Korean one for ROCKET DELIVERY. These trademarks go back to 2014, roughly 11 years after the domain was registered. The Respondent disputed all that […]

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#StevieWonder .com : #UDRP took the #domain from the artist’s fans in 2005

Someone just spent $2,000 dollars to acquire StevieWonder.com via the DropCatch auction, ignoring existing trademarks secured on the famous artist’s behalf. They might have wasted two grand at the press of a bid button. Something went wrong for this domain to drop in the first place; Stevie Wonder’s other domains are also at Com Laude, […]

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#LoveAndGreen .com : Generic #domain lost via the #UDRP process

If you register generic-sounding domain names, such as LoveAndGreen.com, there’s still a chance that they infringe on existing marks. Love & Green of Lyon, France, filed a UDRP against the domain’s registrant, citing an existing range of marks for LOVE & GREEN. It’s obvious that the ampersand symbol cannot be used in domain name registrations, […]

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