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#Tokyo2021 Olympic #domains : Let the #Cybersquatting games begin!

Cybersquatters are snapping up “Tokyo 2021” domain names bearing the Olympic trademarks, hoping to capitalize on the change in the Olympiad. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) moved the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to 2021, shifting the year and triggering a digital gold rush. That’s one side effect of the Coronavirus pandemic! Meanwhile, in Japan, a research […]

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#Pornhub typosquatter paid a small fortune for #domain but lost the #UDRP

The typosquatter of a Pornhub domain paid a small fortune to acquire it. The registrant of Ponrhub.com alleges he spent 7,241 EUR in late 2018 to get the domain in the aftermarket – about $7,946 USD. In the ensuing UDRP filed by Licensing IP International S.à.r.l., the Respondent claims that he forwarded the domain to […]

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#Coronavirus vaccine : Massachusetts company files #Covid19Vax trademark application!

If you throw up at the idea of toilet paper hoarders at Costco, this trademark application for Covid19 vaccinations takes the trophy. The trademark application for COVID-19 VAX at the USPTO, is for vaccines. In other words, if this trademark were to be granted, the use of “covid-19 vax” would have to be licensed by […]

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#Coronavirus trademarks at the #USPTO brand cesspool

It’s not just domainers that are jumping into the coronavirus registration cesspool – brand wannabes are swimming in it too. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been receiving applications for trademarks that contain the “coronavirus” word as the mark, or as part of the mark. At the USPTO database, we found the […]

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Reverse #Domain Name Hijacking finding in Kret.org #UDRP

Kret.org, a short domain registered in 2005, was challenged via the UDRP process. The Complainant is Aktsionernoe Obshchestvo “Kontsern Radioelektronnye Tehnologii”, Russian Federation, that claimed rights to the Russian trademark for KRET. The sole WIPO panelist pointed out the following: “The Complaint lacks candour in that it makes no mention of the fact that the […]

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#Microsoft 365 Assistant : #Cortana substitute didn’t advise its own #domain name

Microsoft is apparently getting ready to change the name of Cortana, the personal productivity assistant in Windows 10. Unlike Apple and Siri, Cortana does not arrive with its own domain name. Microsoft has chosen a path on Microsoft.com for Cortana, while Apple is using Siri.com as a forward to Apple.com. When it comes down to […]

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#Corioliss brand: When you transfer the #trademark, don’t forget to transfer the #domains

Business 101 : When a company acquires intellectual property rights from its former partners, they’d better not forget to include the related domains in the exchange! In the case of Corioliss Europe S.L., Spain, they paid the sum of $750,000 dollars to acquire global rights to the CORIOLISS brand and mark, but they left out […]

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#Trademark on top: The buyer of Pornhub.co just lost $72k via the #UDRP process

Pornhub is one of the biggest destinations of adult content on the Internet, and they have trademarked their brand, operating from the matching .com domain. In 2010, the domain Pornhub.co was registered, and the domain apparently changed hands in 2018. In the ensuing UDRP at the National Arbitration Forum, the Estonian Respondent stated that they […]

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Philip Morris : Barrage of new #UDRP filings for #IQOS in 2020

Philip Morris Products S.A. has filed numerous UDRP complaints for domains that contain its marks. The smokeless tobacco company set new records in 2019, and continues to do so in 2020. In just 5 weeks, Philip Morris Products S.A. has filed 26 new UDRP cases, for 30 domains that contain the IQOS and HEETS trademarks. […]

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#Stöbich vs #Stobich .com : An #umlaut didn’t matter in this #UDRP decision

Registered in 1998, the domain name Stobich.com was taken through the UDRP process at the WIPO, where it was lost. Stöbich Brandschutz GmbH, the owner of the Stöbich mark, uses the German umlaut that is transliterated as “oe” – indeed, they operate from the domain Stoebich.com. According to the UDRP, the Complainant used to own […]

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Wasn’t aware of the trademark : #UDRP response actually helped save the #domain

The registrant of practicesnapshot.com is a dental studio that instructed one of its employees to register the domain in 2016. Apparently, the words “practice snapshot” have nothing to do with hockey, but it’s about providing software that allows dentists to have a graphic summary or snapshot of their dental practice. A company registered the trademark […]

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#Localvore .com : #Domain age beat #UDRP despite registered trademark

The domain Localvore.com was registered in 2006, and its Registrant used it consistently with food-related guide services since then. In 2012, another company began to use the term, and managed to register LOCALVORE TODAY, and in 2017 LOCALVORE with the USPTO. They filed a UDRP to get the domain, but the sole panelist noted that […]

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