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#RDNH decision of the week: Voxan.com in failed #domain clawback

Voxan.com is this week’s Reverse Domain Name Hijacking decision (RDNH) at the WIPO. The domain was hit with a UDRP by a motorbike maker in Monaco and France. The 2016 registration became the focus of negotiations, however the Complainant decided to stop at $40,050 dollars, all while the Respondent and registrant sought $114,800. The sole […]

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Art Petrossian .com : Professional hit with a #UDRP after parking his domain

If you register your full name as a domain, don’t park it – especially if your last name is also a brand or trademark. In the case of the domain ArtPetrossian.com, its registrant is Mr. Art Petrossian. The domain was parked at GoDaddy and unfortunately the ads displayed products related to Petrossian caviar. That prompted […]

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McDonalds.re #UDRP: Have you ever seen a green #McDonalds?

Have you ever seen a green McDonalds? In the case of the domain McDonalds.re one would appreciate the registrant’s patriotic choice of colors. The ccTLD is that of Réunion, with an African green and yellow flag dressing up a world famous brand. Apparently, McDonald’s in France use green and gold, as seen as their Facebook […]

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IBMAmerica.com : International Business Methodologies loses IBM acronym #domain UDRP at the WIPO

When you choose your business name to be an acronym of sorts, be certain you don’t infringe on established, famous company brands. The registrant of the domain IBMAmerica.com claims that “IBM” stands for “International Business Methodologies.” They stated that due to the pandemic, they didn’t have time to roll out a web site; the domain […]

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Copycat #domain : Efashionova.com was sent to the #WIPO runway

The operators of the domain Efashionova.com attempted to pass off as world-famous fashion outlet, FashionNova. The ensuing UDRP revealed the extent that some will go to in order to ride on the coattails of a popular company supported by some heavyweight influencers, such as Kylie Jenner and Amber Rose. The content on Efashionova.com copied the […]

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#GEICO : Unbeaten in every #UDRP filed since 2001!

GEICO is a major provider of auto insurance services, and the acronym stands for Government Employees Insurance Company. As the second largest auto insurer in the US, the company utilizes its famous brand across numerous commercials to gain footprint. It goes without saying that GEICO is very protective of their brand and trademark. The proof […]

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Hawkers.com : Successful #UDRP defense by #domain registrant

The registrant of the domain name Hawkers.com defended it successfully at the WIPO, after it was hit with a UDRP. Play Hawkers, S.L., Spain, filed the UDRP citing several marks for HAWKERS, the earliest of which is from 2016. The domain was registered in 1998, but it seems that the Respondent acquired the domain around […]

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Famous trademarks and #UDRP: IBM.nu lived for 4 months

World famous marks, such as IBM, are untouchable when trademark violations occur. The registrant of IBM.nu managed to have his domain exist for less than 4 months, before the International Business Machines Corporation filed a UDRP at the WIPO. The domain was listed for sale on Afternic with a “make offer” lander. Can you guess […]

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Antel.com : A 1999 #domain lost via the UDRP process due to PPC ad links

Antel.com, a domain registered in 1999, was challenged in the UDRP process at the WIPO. The Complainant isn’t Intel, but rather an Uruguayan telecom company called Antel, asserting rights to the ANTEL mark going back to 1995. They operate from the domain Antel.com.uy. The Respondent did not utilize the services of an attorney, opting instead […]

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FacebookWallet.com : Famous trademark enforced at the WIPO

Famous brands own famous marks, and in the case of Facebook any domain that contains “facebook” is an invitation for a UDRP filing. Just as Mike Mann found out recently, Facebook took matters to the WIPO against the domain FacebookWallet.com. The Chinese registrant did not respond in this UDRP, and the matter closed quickly. At […]

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Mike Mann’s Domain Market lost the #UDRP for a set of #Facebook domains

Facebook is a world-famous trademark, and so is its domain, Facebook.com. Registering domains with “Facebook” or other Facebook-owned brands is an activity that should be avoided – unless you really want to be hit with a UDRP. This is the case with a set of Facebook domains registered to Mike Mann‘s DomainMarket outlet. As we […]

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Gen.com #UDRP ends up in Reverse #Domain Name Hijacking finding at the #WIPO

Gen.com, a premium, aged three letter .com domain, was taken to the WIPO for a UDRP that ended up being disastrous for the Complainant. The sole panelist not only denied the Complainant’s request for a transfer, they slapped them with a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking: The Complainant has failed by a large margin. […]

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