Mermet.com: French battle over family name takes the UDRP course

Two French entities, a company and a private person, crossed swords over the domain Mermet.com. Mermet S.A.S., France, took offense at the Respondent’s use of the domain and its pricing at 150,000 euro; it holds the MERMET trademark since 2007. The domain, however, was registered in 1998 by Respondent Didier Mermet, who is using the […]

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EatToLive.com: Self-represented Respondent beat trademark holder!

The domain name EatToLive.com was registered in 1998; its registrant failed to renew it last year and it was auctioned off as an expired domain at GoDaddy, selling for $1,437 dollars. DrFuhrman Online, Inc. was not the registrant who failed to renew the domain but picked that opportunity to file a UDRP and attempt to […]

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Sonata.ai UDRP got denied; Domain investor won!

Sonata Software Limited, India, tried to usurp the domain Sonata.ai from its registrant; the Respondent won the UDRP on the basis of the domain’s generic nature as a dictionary word: “Moreover, and as indicated above, acquiring domain names consisting of dictionary terms for resale is not per se illegitimate. If a domainer makes a trade […]

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Neuralyze.com UDRP failed as domain is senior to Complainant’s brand

The domain name Neuralyze.com was sent to the WIPO by senswork GmbH, Germany; the domain’s registration in 2016 predates the Complainant’s mark registration application in 2021. The disputed domain name was registered by a managing member of the Respondent’s company which was incorporated in 2018. As such, the Respondent could not itself have been using the […]

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Toros.com UDRP slaps Turkish Complainant with a Reverse Domain Name Hijacking finding

The UDRP filed against the domain name Toros.com by a Turkish agricultural company ended with a major victory for the Respondent. Toros means “bulls” in Spanish. Registered in 1997, Toros.com is associated with the Spanish Respondent’s family business since then. The Complainant claimed that the Spain-based Respondent has no rights to the domain, when in […]

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Aston Martin wins UDRP for matching .ai domain

World-known automaker, Aston Martin, won the UDRP it filed against the domain name AstonMartin.ai. The Respondent actually used the services of an attorney from India to argue about the Complainant’s mark rights in Anguilla, operators of the .AI ccTLD. The domain has been offered for sale on the Dan.com platform. In the end, the WIPO […]

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GPI.com UDRP was denied with no finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

The aged domain GPI.com was used for decades as an acronym representing General Parts, Inc. A lapse in displaying an obvious landing page, however, led the Great Plains Ventures, Inc. to file a UDRP complaint. The Respondent proved that they used the domain along with a registered trademark for many years, utilizing the subdomain openwebs.gpi.com for […]

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Ziip.com: UDRP fails due to domain’s seniority over mark

The registrant of Ziip.com held the domain continuously since its registration in 2000. Almost a quarter of a century later, Ziip Inc filed a UDRP to get the domain on the basis of a trademark that was registered in 2015. The WIPO panelist noted that the domain was not registered and used in bad faith, […]

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InjuredAtPublix.com: UDRP ends with loss for injury attorney

An attorney specializing in defending injured clients registered the domain InjuredAtPublix.com. This didn’t sit well with Publix Super Markets, Inc., commonly known as Publix, an employee-owned supermarket chain headquartered in Lakeland, Florida. The company has been using the Publix.com domain since 1995. The domain is pointed to the personal profile page of the attorney and […]

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PrimaCarne.net: Spanish company fails to grab UDRP Respondent’s prime meat

A Spanish company, Primacarne, SL filed a UDRP to get the domain PrimaCarne.net from its registrant, located in New Zealand and operating a business in the Philippines. The Complainant uses the .com for its pork-producing business in Spain. Prima carne means “prime meat” in Spanish and its generic nature, along with the Respondent’s legitimacy as […]

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BBHotel.com: A domain registered in 1998 was challenged via the UDRP process

The ultra-aged domain name, BBHotel.com, was challenged via the UDRP process, after B&B Hotels, France, attempted to get the domain at the WIPO. The domain was registered in 1998 and it’s operated by a hotel group in the United Arab Emirates. The sole panelist noted that the Respondent’s statements and use of the domain were […]

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Courir.io: Elite runner lashes out about “rich f@ckers” in colorful UDRP response

An elite runner from Belgium was served with a UDRP filed by Groupe Courir of France; the domain Courir.io that he registered as a blog was “accidentally” parked for sale on Afternic and Sedo. The Respondent used colorful language in his short response to the WIPO panel, to defend his registration of the domain that […]

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