Pret dot .APP #UDRP : You snooze, you lose says #WIPO panelist!

The registrant of the domain Pret.app just won the UDRP dispute that was filed by the holder of 480 trademarks, Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited of London, United Kingdom. The word “pret” means “ready” in French, and the Respondent denied it registered the domain in bad faith. Instead, they pointed out to their entrepreneurial status […]

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#Wedia .com : A 21 year old #domain salvaged from the #UDRP process

Wedia.com is a domain registered in 1997; twenty-one years later, a French company attempted to wrestle it away from its Japanese registrant via the UDRP process. After offering $3,000 dollars to the Registrant and not hearing back, WEDIA SA of Paris, France, sent its lawyers to file a UDRP at the WIPO. Despite the lack […]

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#PetLife .com : A classic case of Reverse #Domain Name Hijacking

The registrant of PetLife.com had someone threaten his domain asset, wiggling a trademark that did not exist in 2003. The domain PetLife.com was first registered in 1996, according to Archive.org; the DomainTools WHOIS records only go back to a subsequent registration in 2001. PetLife LLC asserted rights to the PET LIFE mark, by means of […]

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#Legally .com : Aged #domain saved from the clutches of the #UDRP process

Legally.com, a generic domain registered in 1997, was challenged via the UDRP process. The aged domain was offered for sale via Afternic, for $24,999 dollars. That’s hardly a bank breaker for a buyer in the legal services business, but in this case Legally Co of Newark, Delaware, filed a UDRP at the WIPO. The Complainant […]

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#Blackhawks .com down : UDRP by #NHL team takes 1995 #domain away from its registrant!

Blackhawks.com is a generic domain registered in 1995, and 23 years later it’s lost via the UDRP process at the WIPO. The Complainant in this case is none other than the Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Team, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois, aka “Blackhawks.” Here’s what the Complainant says: Founded in 1926, Complainant is a professional ice hockey […]

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#Euronext N.V. loses #UDRP against three letter domain #AEX .com

Registered in 1998, the three letter domain AEX.com was challenged via the UDRP process. The Complainant in this case, Euronext N.V. of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, asserted rights to the AEX mark due to a Benelux mark: “The Complainant is a company incorporated in the Netherlands and the operator of stock markets in Amsterdam, Paris, Lisbon […]

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#BiggerHammer .com : A 2014 #trademark ruled over a 2003 #domain name!

The domain BiggerHammer.com was registered in 2003, and in 2018 a company used a trademark registered in 2014 to take it from its registrant. Complainant is B.H.P.S. Corp. dba “Bigger Hammer” that asserted trademark rights in BIGGER HAMMER and alleged that the disputed domain name is identical to its trademark. The domain name was parked and […]

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#Playboy centerfold : Famous #trademark #domain changes hands after 15 years

PlayboyCenterfold.com, a domain registered in 2003, has just changed hands thanks to the UDRP process. The domain infringed on a trademark owned by the famous publisher Playboy; the Complainant also retrieved 23 year old domain Centerfolds.com last August. According to the UDRP complaint that was filed at the WIPO: “The Complainant is a world-renowned entertainment […]

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UDRP vs. URS : First known case against a dot .ICU #domain failed on a technicality!

For many trademark holders and brand owners, the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS) is an alternative, attractive option to the UDRP. How does the URS differ from the well-known UDRP? IP attorney, Gerald L. Levine, has written an article on that. In a URS case against a dot .ICU domain, the Complainant delivered every point, […]

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#SSC dot .com : Premium three letter #domain registered in 1989 hit with a #UDRP

The pending UDRP against the three letter .com domain, SSC.com, is about to break all records due to the domain’s age: 29 years old. Registered in 1989, this LLL .com is currently in the possession of a Chinese registrant. The Complainant in this UDRP is an entity called “Service Spring Corp.” and as the case […]

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Temaris dot .com : UDRP filed against #HugeDomains fails miserably at the #WIPO

A UDRP filed against HugeDomains for the domain Temaris.com failed miserably. The drop-catching marketplace defended its rights, against the Complainant, Tenaris Connections BV of Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Complainant claimed that “temaris” is similar to their TENARIS mark, and that it constitutes “typo-squatting.” The Respondent presented the meaning of “temaris” in several languages, along with the […]

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#FlyScanner : UDRP complaint denied due to descriptive nature of the #domain

The UDRP complaint against the domain Fly-Scanner.com was denied, on the basis of descriptiveness in its use. The Complainant is Skyscanner Limited of London, United Kingdom, that possess trademarks for SKYSCANNER. Apparently, they considered the Fly-Scanner.com domain and service to be unfair competition, although the marks involved are distinctively different. According to the Respondent: “The […]

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