Mountain #Motorsports .com : Common law #trademark not sufficient per #UDRP outcome

The UDRP decision in a case for the domain MountainMotorsports.com shows how difficult it is to stage a complaint based on a common law trademark. A three member panel at the WIPO ordered the domain to remain with the Respondent. The Respondent’s attorney was ESQwire, a premium sponsor of our blog. According to the Complainant, […]

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#ClearBank .CO #UDRP decision follows in the footsteps of the matching .COM

A UDRP decision for the domain ClearBank.co followed in the footsteps of the one before it, for ClearBank.com. It seems that the Complainant, ClearBank Limited of London, United Kingdom, filed the two UDRP cases simultaneously – in October 2018. The first decision, for ClearBank.com, was made on January 15th and the ESQwire client won the […]

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VDG .com : Three letter .com #domain challenged via the #UDRP process

VDG.com, an aged three letter .com domain, was challenged via the UDRP process at the WIPO. The domain was registered in 1995, and in 2018 Van der Graaf Inc. of Brampton, Canada registered a trademark for VDG. The three member panel at the WIPO found that it was impossible for the Respondent to have known […]

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#Tenica .com : A 17 year old #domain challenged by a trademark holder

The domain name Tenica.com was registered in 2002, making it 17 years old today. Its registrant was presented with a UDRP case at the WIPO, as Tenica and Associates LLC of Chantilly, Virginia, asserted rights to the TENICA mark. The company operates from Tenica.biz, a domain registered in 2009. The Respondent in this UDRP, asserted […]

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#IQOS .com : From a #Sedo domain sale to a multi-billion dollar #smokeless brand

Philip Morris International (PMI) is a multi-billion dollar corporation producing tobacco products, one of which is the IQOS electronic cigarette. The IQOS device is very popular; initially launched in 2014 in Nagoya, Japan and Milan, Italy, IQOS is being gradually rolled out to other countries; by the end of 2016 it was available in over […]

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#Mycarflex .com : Two companies, two countries, one #domain, one #UDRP

What happens when two companies, from two different countries, decide to use the same brand and domain name? In the case of MyCarflex.com, the domain’s registration in 2017 by French company Carflex, was done years after a Mexican company registered the same mark in 1999. Regardless, that didn’t stop either company from promoting their own […]

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#Chefmaster .com : Stylized trademark holder gets 1998 domain via the #UDRP process

The holder of a stylized mark for CHEFMASTER won the UDRP case filed against the matching domain name, Chefmaster.com. The domain was registered in 1998, while the trademark registration dates back in 1956. There was no response by the Respondent, and attorney John Berryhill was the Complainant’s attorney. According to the Complainant’s filing: “Complainant engages […]

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ESQwire wins ClearBank .com #UDRP

ESQwire, a professional, domainer-friendly law firm, has won the UDRP filed against their client, owners of the domain ClearBank.com. Note: Although ESQwire is a premium sponsor of DomainGang, the following information was retrieved from public sources and it’s not promotional. The 2003 registration was contested by ClearBank Limited of London, United Kingdom, asserting rights to […]

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Reverse Domain Name Hijacking finding in Ceate.com #UDRP

The Hong Kong based registrant of the domain Ceate.com was taken through the UDRP process at the WIPO. The Indian Complainant, CEAT Limited of Mumbai, India, asserted that their mark for CEAT is famous. The panel delivered a finding favoring the Respondent: “The Panel notes that the Complaint is very weak and that the Complainant, […]

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Cara Hutson : A famous and a non-famous person got entangled in a #UDRP

Remember the case of Grandma Heidi Powell and her famous athlete challenger by the same name? While that case didn’t end well for the non-famous Heidi, the case for Cara Hutson did. Who is Cara Hutson, you may ask. According to the UDRP filed at the WIPO, she’s an experienced US attorney that acquired common […]

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#Regenxhealth .com : Domain #UDRP ends with Reverse #Domain Name Hijacking finding

The registrant of RegenXHealth.com operates an active business, providing “quality men’s wellness treatments that improve quality of life.” Dr. Marshall Stein and Dr. Ned Stein were probably shocked to see that a company called Regenxbio Inc. filed a UDRP with the National Arbitration Forum: Complainant alleged that it is a global leader in scientific research, […]

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#SuperBook .com : Sports betting #domain registered in 1996 lost via the #UDRP process

Superbook.com, an active sports betting website hosted on a domain registered in 1996, has been lost via the UDRP process at the WIPO. The Complainant, Westgate Las Vegas Resort, LLC of Las Vegas, raised trademark claims to the SUPERBOOK mark, going back to the 1980s. The Complainant makes use of its trademark via a dedicated […]

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