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Blitzgolf.com: UDRP ends with Reverse Domain Name Hijacking finding

An Aussie Complainant operating from the domain BlitzGolf.net attempted to use the UDRP process to upgrade to BlitzGolf.com. The ensuing UDRP ended with a finding of Reverse Domain Hijacking, as the Respondent registered the domain in 2004 and has used it since to provide services under the brand. Said the sole WIPO panelist: The Policy […]

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Cat-tracks.com: Don’t use a brand’s fame to sell competitive products!

The domain Cat-tracks.com faced a UDRP filed by Caterpillar Inc. of CAT.com fame. The Complainant pointed out that the domain was used to promote and sell competitive products, all while displaying the CAT brand and mark. Indeed, as seen by the Respondent’s Facebook page, the majority of items for sale are not manufactured by Caterpillar. […]

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Fortini.com: UDRP shows $350,000 asking price for “common surname”

Dutch company N.V. Nutricia, producers of a food supplement product called “Fortini,” filed a UDRP against the domain Fortini.com. The Respondent in this case is Epik founder, Rob Monster. Epik is simply the registrar and not the Respondent in this case. Fortini.com was registered in 2012 and the Complainant has acquired the registration of trademarks […]

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What did they expect? Lego IP #domain gets hit with a UDRP

If you name your company “Lego IP” and use the domain LegoIP.com you’d better be LEGO, the toy manufacturer giant. What if you are not? Then surely the real LEGO will file a UDRP to get the domain, so be prepared to lose it. How are we so certain? LEGO Juris A/S has filed 909 […]

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Belgian company won’t go Dutch; files #UDRP against DAN listed #domain

Belgian company MindWave cv chose to file a UDRP against Mindwave.eu, a domain registered in 2012, instead of buying it for 999 Euro. The domain was listed for sale by its registrant on the Dutch domain platform, DAN.com. The decision favored the Respondent, and cost the Complainant at least $1,500 to file, not including administrative […]

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Airbnb #domain “typo” predates the brand’s own!

A funky UDRP filed against the domain name airnb.com ended up with the giant corporation, Airbnb, winning the case. According to the complaint, the disputed domain name was originally registered in May 2008; since that time it has cycled through several different owners. Complainant states that Respondent has been listed as the registrant of the […]

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HealthFitness365.com: Having a mark does not automatically lead to #UDRP win

The mark HEALTHFITNESS was registered in 2009 by Health Fitness Corporation, that filed a UDRP against the domain HealthFitness365.com. The domain was registered in 2017, and while the mark itself is contained within the disputed domain, the Complainant failed to provide proof of use of their own mark. At least, that’s what the WIPO panelist […]

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MallOfOman.com: #UDRP Complainant loses case for the 2nd time

Majid Al Futtaim Properties LLC lost the UDRP filed against the domain MallOfOman.com in 2018. The domain had been registered long before the Complainant acquired its mark. Complainants that lost a UDRP can refile, if new developments warrant such filing; the 2nd time their UDRP filing was also denied, despite no official response by the […]

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WorldChessChampionship.com: Why the International Chess Federation lost the #UDRP

Chess is an ancient strategy game going back several millennia. Based in Switzerland, the International Chess Federation holds a trademark for FIDE WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP. The French acronym “FIDE” stands for “Fédération Internationale des Echecs (International Chess Federation)”. The domain WorldChessChampionship.com is a domain consisting of the descriptive terms “world”, “chess,” and “championship.” It’s been […]

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Indian monolith Tata lost #UDRP over the #domain name Taatas.com

Tata, the Indian monolith auto manufacturer, lost big time when it filed a UDRP against the domain Taatas.com. Its registrant responded that “taatas” is not a plural form of “Tata” and it’s not even pronounced the same; he argued that “taata” means “guarantee” in Finnish and “father” in East Africa and rural Sri Lanka, thus […]

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Mindmeister vs. Mindmaster: Who won the #UDRP?

A German company with a mark for MINDMEISTER filed a UDRP against the operators of the domain Mindmaster.io. Based in China, the Respondent stated they have been in business since 2004, providing mind-mapping software. It’s not clear which domain they used at the time, before .io became available and popular with tech companies. The domain […]

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Security-Finance.com: A 1999 #domain the subject of a failed #UDRP filing

Certain generic words and word combos make weak trademarks. That’s the primary take from the UDRP filed against the domain Security-Finance.com, consisting of two generic words, security and finance. Security Group, Inc. d/b/a Security Finance, filed the UDRP to usurp the domain, citing trademark violations. They registered the mark SECURITY FINANCE in 2020, whereas the […]

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