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Mind Gym plc tries to reverse hijack better name

Tries to drop the ‘the’ through bad UDRP case. Mind Gym plc, a company that provides business consulting services, has been found (pdf) to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking in a cybersquatting dispute over MindGym.com. The company operates its website at TheMindGym.com. Its site says it has provided services to half of the […]

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Scuba fight results in reverse domain name hijacking

Panelist notes that scuba is a generic term. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has found (pdf) eScuba Pty Limited to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking. The company, which operates a site at escuba.com.au, filed a dispute over scuba.net.au against Underwater Australasia Pty Ltd. At one point, the Respondent was a distributor for […]

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TRX.com owner sues for reverse domain name hijacking

Domain owner halts transfer of domain with lawsuit. The owner of trx.com has filed a lawsuit (pdf) in the wake of an adverse UDRP decision. A National Arbitration Forum panelist awarded Fitness Anywhere LLC the domain name in a dispute decided last month. The domain owner didn’t respond in that dispute. Now, Loo Tze Ming […]

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Verisign files more blockchain patent applications

USPTO publishes two more blockchain-related patent applications from Verisign. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published two of Verisign’s (NASDAQ: VRSN) blockchain-related patent applications last week. Application 17/325687 (pdf) is for Proving Top Level Domain Name Control on a Blockchain. The abstract states: Systems, methods, and computer products for associating a top level […]

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TRX .com lost in a UDRP. Let’s dig in.

Nat Cohen analyzes a recent UDRP case for TRX.com. A National Arbitration Forum panel has ordered TRX.com transferred to Fitness Anywhere LLC. The domain owner didn’t do himself any favors. He appears to have used incorrect Whois information and didn’t respond to the dispute. But still, should this domain have been lost in a UDRP? […]

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How cybersquatting hurts domain investors

This case illustrates why panelists question domain investors’ explanations for registering domain names. There’s a difference between domain investors and cybersquatters. Unfortunately, the former are often grouped in with the latter and given a bad name. Consider a recent World Intellectual Property Organization case (pdf) brought by Meta Platforms over domains targeting Facebook and Instagram. […]

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Lots of Mike Morgans learn about reverse domain name hijacking case

A World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) panel has found Candy Cloud IP LLC guilty of reverse domain name hijacking (pdf) in a particularly egregious case. And bizarrely, a bunch of people named Mike Morgan were notified about the decision. The Complainant filed the case over CandyCloud.com against a Mike Morgan in Canada. Morgan registered the […]

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Punycode continues to be the bad guys’ best friend

These domains look a lot like banks’ official domains. Krebs on Security today published a story about how a financial cybercrime group is using Punycode domains to trick internet users into thinking they’re visiting banks’ websites. Punycode is what enables internationalized domain names (IDNs). While it’s great for making it easier for people who use […]

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Domain owner sues after legal threat

SiteTools files lawsuit after potential domain buyer threatens legal action. Many attorneys throw around legal threats to get domain names for their clients. They had better make sure they’re on solid legal ground and are willing to take the case to court. Here’s an example of why. SiteTools, Inc. has filed federal lawsuit (pdf) against […]

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Video game company Build a Rocket Boy tried reverse domain name hijacking

Gaming companies duke it out in cybersquatting dispute. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has found (pdf) Build a Rocket Boy Games Ltd guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. The video game company was founded by Leslie Benzies, a well-known video game producer credited for his work on Grand Theft Auto. It’s currently working on […]

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