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April 20, 2018 10:32

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#PapaJohns : Eighteen year old #domain typo lost in #UDRP

PapaJohn’s pizza has seen better days, but even in 2000 it was extremely popular in the US. That’s when the typo domain, PapJohns.com, was registered, and for the next 18 years it kept on serving  – millions of ads, that is. We can only imagine the revenue it generated, particularly in zero click redirects, but […]

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What are the standards for common law trademarks in UDRP cases?

An NAF panelist is very generous is accepting common law trademark rights. A National Arbitration Forum panelist recently awarded the domain name YouAreOK.com to T & P Holding Company, LLC. This company owns several hair salons and boutiques in Nashville under the name Local Honey. Its website is LHNashville.com. The domain name owner, Ancient Holdings, […]

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SNN .com : Allegedly stolen #domain fails to be recovered via the #UDRP process

The former owner of the three letter domain, SNN.com, filed a UDRP to recover it, alleging it was stolen. The current owner disputed these claims; based in China, they fought back, stating they acquired it legitimately. The Complainant, Delbert R. Terrill Jr., presented proof of use and a common law mark, stating that SNN is […]

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#HugeDomains wins #VULF .com #UDRP with #RDNH finding

Huge domain victory for HugeDomains, after beating Vulf Records LLC in a UDRP decision. Registered in 2005, the domain Vulf.com was challenged at the National Arbitration Forum. The Complainant acquired a trademark just this year (2018.) HugeDomains stated that the domain is generic and that it predates the Complainant’s mark by a dozen years, at […]

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Owner of MyBoutique.it fails to take MyBoutique.com from GoDaddy

Company files UDRP after failed attempts to buy domain and threaten GoDaddy. CSP International Fashion Group S.p.A., a fashion company in Italy, has failed to get a domain name owned by GoDaddy through a UDRP. The company operates a site at MyBoutique.it and filed a cybersquatting dispute against MyBoutique.com. GoDdddy’s NameFind subsidiary acquired the domain […]

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Cybersquatting cases up because of .com

The World Intellectual Property Organization handled cybersquatting cases covering almost a thousand extra domain names in 2017 over the previous year, but almost all of the growth came from complaints about .com names, according to the latest WIPO stats. There were 3,074 UDRP cases filed with WIPO in 2017, up about 1.2% from the 3,036 […]

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#Osteohondrosy : #Russian medical term #domain ends up in #UDRP after expiration

Domaining is alive and well in Russia, where the medical term domain, Osteohondrosy.net was registered at. Apparently, its medical services provider registrant failed to renew it; the new registrant used someone else’s information in the WHOIS. The term OSTEOHONDROSY is a common law mark used by the Complainant in this UDRP, and in particular for […]

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#Virgan UDRP : #Trademark can also be a slang word, says the #WIPO

The domain name Virgan.com was registered in 2005, making it a 13 year old domain asset. Laboratoires Thea of Clermont-Ferrand, France, filed a UDRP at the WIPO in order to take over the domain. The Complainant possesses several international trademarks for VIRGAN in Europe, but the one at the USPTO expired in 2014 as they […]

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UDRP is in the spotlight, and I’ve got an interview coming up to dive deeper

Myself and a number of other bloggers have been highlighting some of the questionable UDRP decisions and general problems with the process and how arbitrary it can end up being. The sad reality is that we’re living at a time where people now consider using UDRP as a way to get a domain without having […]

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BrandBucket battles cybersquatter

WIPO panel orders two domain names to be transferred to BrandBucket. Brandable domain name marketplace BrandBucket has won a battle against the cybersquatter who registered the domain names BrandBucket.org and BrandBucket.shop. The domain name registrant, Ruben Botn-Joergensen, was certainly brazen. According to the UDRP decision, In June 2016 BrandBucket let its U.S. trademark application lapse. […]

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