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Washington Journal .com : Mike Mann sold domain, he and new owner got hit with a UDRP

Domain investor, Mike Mann, sold the domain WashingtonJournal.com in May, and three months later, the buyer was served with a UDRP. There is a twist to the story: Mike was tardy with updating the WHOIS information, and the UDRP went to him first. Once the domain was locked down, no updates were possible; Mike Mann’s […]

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The University of Texas .com : Regents grab 15 year old domain via the UDRP process

The University of Texas at Austin operates from UTexas.edu, and until 2016 it owned TheUniversityOfTexas.com. Sometime in 2014, however, the registrant’s email changed from “net-tech@its.utexas.edu” to “no.valid.email@worldnic.com” and they lost control of the domain. Eventually, it was acquired from a list of expired domains at Network Solutions, by an Indian firm. Earlier this year, the […]

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Adventum.com : Another UDRP squashed by John Berryhill

IP attorney, John Berryhill, squashed the dreams of yet another aggressor; the UDRP against Adventum.com, a 1999 domain registration, failed at the WIPO. The Complainant is Adventum Real Estate, S.L. of Madrid, Spain, represented by Lerroux, Spain. The Complainant owns a Spanish trade mark registration for ADVENTUM under number M-3011914 which was filed on December […]

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Cashplus.com UDRP : Domain predates European trademark – end of story

If only all UDRP decisions were as clean cut as that about Cashplus.com. The 2009 domain registration was challenged at the National Arbitration Forum, by Advanced Payment Solutions Limited. The British company, claimed that its 2010 trademark for CASHPLUS along with the alleged “non use” of the domain by the Respondent, should grant them ownership […]

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Melinda Gates wins her matching .ORG domain via the UDRP process

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has done extraordinary humanitarian work over the years. Founded in 2000 by Bill and Melinda Gates, it is said to be the largest transparently operated, private foundation in the world. Due to the personal financial prowess of the Gates’s, the domain MelindaGates.org was registered by a third party, six […]

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Splunk UDRP : Malware spreading from bogus domain

The IDN domain spłunk.com has been used to spread malware and perform phishing attacks, riding on the coat-tails of the real Splunk brand. Splunk Inc. of San Francisco, filed a UDRP to take over the domain, which translates as xn--spunk-l7a.com in ASCII. The decision: Transfer the domain. Details follow: Splunk Inc. v. Super Privacy Service […]

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Neustar wins UDRP against Australian domain neustar.com.au

Neustar has won the UDRP against the Australian domain, neustar.com.au. In May, the Internet services company filed the UDRP to protect its brand; at the time, we predicted that it would win this case. The Respondent is Ahmad Zaki Hakimi of Sydney, Australia, who failed to file an official response to the Complaint. On July […]

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Opus Group UDRP : Dot com and matching gTLD were salvaged in separate cases

The registrants of OpusGroup.com and its matching gTLD, Opus.Group, can thank the WIPO panelists for salvaging their domains. Opus Group AB of Mölndal, Sweden filed two separate UDRPs,  the Respondents only addressed the one brought against the gTLD, Opus.Group. In the latter case, they mentioned: “The Respondent asserts that it has a legitimate interest in […]

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David Duchovny : Domain UDRP followed up by a trademark application

Actor David Duchovny of “The X-Files” fame, retrieved his matching .com domain, DavidDuchovny.com, via the UDRP process, last month. The decision might have startled some, particularly since the domain was registered and held for almost 20 years. At the time of the UDRP, the Complainant asserted “common law rights” to the DAVID DUCHOVNY mark: “Complainant […]

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BankWest.com lost after 20+ years in a UDRP decision

The registrant of the domain BankWest.com lost it in a UDRP, after holding onto it for more than 20 years. Commonwealth Bank of Australia of Perth, Australia challenged the domain, asserting rights to a BANKWEST trademark going back to 1994; the bank was founded in 1895. Ravindra Patel, gbe of Morganville, New Jersey, challenged the […]

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