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#ForestGate .com : #Domain registered in 1999 gets hit with a #UDRP

The domain name Forestgate.com was registered in 1999, and almost 20 years later it was hit with a UDRP; the Complainant is Walker Edison Furniture Company LLC. The basis for this UDRP: a pending trademark application. The Complainant applied for the mark FORESTGATE on April 17, 2018, just over a month ago. The Respondent stated […]

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IMAO .com : Selling a #domain for profit isn’t unfair use, per #UDRP decision

The registrant of the aged domain IMAO.com won it at a SnapNames auction in 2006, for the hefty sum of $2,150 dollars. Apparently, IMAO is a registered trademark since 1992, of the Japanese company IMAO Corporation of Gifu, Japan. The registrant of the domain is Korean. The Japanese company filed a UDRP, stating that in […]

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#Microsoft lost #UDRP for #Minecraft bedroom #domain name

The almighty Microsoft, owners of the Minecraft brand, lost the UDRP it filed against the domain name Minecraftbedroom.com. The domain name resolves to a web site giving advice on how to create a bedroom with a Minecraft theme. The Minecraft game was acquired by Microsoft in 2014, for $2.5 billion dollars. In his defense, the […]

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Coffee shop tries the old “renewed in bad faith” argument

A domain name can’t be renewed in bad faith under UDRP. A chain of coffee shops has tried (and failed) to use the “renewed in bad faith” argument in a cybersquatting dispute. Revelry Partners, LLC, which runs coffee and wine bars by the name Ascension Coffee, filed a UDRP against AscensionCoffee.com. The complainant claimed rights […]

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#LIDL typo #domain got hit with a #UDRP; what happened next?

When you own a domain such as Lild.com, better be careful what you do with it. Registered in 2002, the domain was monetized with a zero click lander, to take advantage of obvious typo-traffic. Where was the traffic coming from? German mega-store, Lidl, naturally. The brand has existed for decades, operating more than 10,000 stores all […]

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

AEX.com is a domain registered 20 years ago, and in 2017 it was acquired by a Chinese domain buyer. As it happened to many other valuable three letter .com domains, it was challenged via the UDRP process at the WIPO. The Complainant, Euronext N.V. of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, claimed a prior right to AEX, since […]

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#Indonesian scam : #Natixis mark squatter gave ridiculous reason for NatixisCoin .com registration

The Indonesian registrant of the domain NatixisCoin.com squatted on a famous bank’s name, then produced a fake identity card to validate his registration. Natixis is a French corporation that operates as an international corporate, investment banking and financial services company. Recently, they challenged the domain NatixisCoins.com and won that UDRP. In the UDRP case of […]

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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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