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Claims UDRP has cost over $360 million so far

Trademark owners have splashed out over $360 million on UDRP cases over the 20 years the policy has been active, according to an intellectual property trade group. Marques, a European body representing trademark owners, reckons $360 million is a “conservative” estimate. It reached the figure by multiplying the number of UDRP complaints filed to the […]

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#ClearBank .CO #UDRP decision follows in the footsteps of the matching .COM

A UDRP decision for the domain ClearBank.co followed in the footsteps of the one before it, for ClearBank.com. It seems that the Complainant, ClearBank Limited of London, United Kingdom, filed the two UDRP cases simultaneously – in October 2018. The first decision, for ClearBank.com, was made on January 15th and the ESQwire client won the […]

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Cara Hutson : A famous and a non-famous person got entangled in a #UDRP

Remember the case of Grandma Heidi Powell and her famous athlete challenger by the same name? While that case didn’t end well for the non-famous Heidi, the case for Cara Hutson did. Who is Cara Hutson, you may ask. According to the UDRP filed at the WIPO, she’s an experienced US attorney that acquired common […]

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#SuperBook .com : Sports betting #domain registered in 1996 lost via the #UDRP process

Superbook.com, an active sports betting website hosted on a domain registered in 1996, has been lost via the UDRP process at the WIPO. The Complainant, Westgate Las Vegas Resort, LLC of Las Vegas, raised trademark claims to the SUPERBOOK mark, going back to the 1980s. The Complainant makes use of its trademark via a dedicated […]

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Reverse #Domain Name Hijacking in #Digiti .com UDRP at the #WIPO

Digiti.com, a domain registered in 2002, was challenged via the UDRP process at the WIPO. The Complainant, DIGITI limited liability company of Zandhoven, Belgium, provided no information about its business other than the fact that it owns European Union trade mark number 017630955 for the word “DIGITI” registered on May 9, 2018 and it says […]

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#VGuard .com #UDRP : $320 million dollar company goes cheap over #domain name!

A company that generated $320 million dollars in 2017 tried to wrestle away VGuard.com, a domain registered in 2004. V-Guard Industries Limited of Vennala, India, asserted that its mark is famous as the company was formed in 1977. Operating from vguard.in, they filed a complaint via the UDRP process, attempting to force the Korean owner […]

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#Blackhawks .com down : UDRP by #NHL team takes 1995 #domain away from its registrant!

Blackhawks.com is a generic domain registered in 1995, and 23 years later it’s lost via the UDRP process at the WIPO. The Complainant in this case is none other than the Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Team, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois, aka “Blackhawks.” Here’s what the Complainant says: Founded in 1926, Complainant is a professional ice hockey […]

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#Euronext N.V. loses #UDRP against three letter domain #AEX .com

Registered in 1998, the three letter domain AEX.com was challenged via the UDRP process. The Complainant in this case, Euronext N.V. of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, asserted rights to the AEX mark due to a Benelux mark: “The Complainant is a company incorporated in the Netherlands and the operator of stock markets in Amsterdam, Paris, Lisbon […]

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Is the domain name #Costa .com worth one million dollars?

Costa means “coast” in Spanish; the matching domain Costa.com was registered in 1997, and yet 21 years later, an Italian company filed a UDRP against its registrant. The Respondent was represented by ESQwire.com, sponsors of our publication, that provided the information below. The Costa.com UDRP decision contains an important response by the WIPO panelists, regarding […]

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#Mijndomein .com : UDRP decision denies transfer of Dutch #domain as generic

A Dutch company operating from mijndomein.nl tried to wrestle away the matching dot .com, mijndomein.com. The latter was registered in 2003 and according to their web site, operates a business worldwide. They risked losing their domain via the UDRP process at the WIPO. Despite the Complainant’s existing Benelux trademark (2016) for MIJNDOMEIN.NL, the panel found […]

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