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Clinton Sparks wins domain name back

Grammy-nominated Clinton Sparks gets domain name back after it expired. DJ, producer and songwriter Clinton Sparks has won the rights to the domain name ClintonSparks.com, which expired after a dispute with his agent. Sparks and his Get Familiar Music Company registered the domain in 2002 and the agent let it lapse in 2017. A Ukranian […]

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Sports equipment company guilty of reverse domain name hijacking

Panel finds Singapore company brought case in abuse of UDRP. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has found Sport and Fashion, Pte. Ltd., a sports equipment/apparel company, guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. The company filed a cybersquatting complaint against the domain demix.com. It markets a brand called Demix. Canadian company St. Lawrence Cement Inc owns […]

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The Chronicle of Higher Education defends LinguaFranca.com domain

Man files cybersquatting complaint in an effort to revive Lingua Franca brand. The Chronicle of Higher Education, a publication covering academia, has successfully defended the domain name LinguaFranca.com in cybersquatting dispute. Lingua Franca was a competitor that went bankrupt. In 2002, The Chronicle for Higher Education acquired rights to Lingua Franca and its trademark through […]

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Third Door Media sues ClickZ over MarTech name

Online marketing publisher sues a competitor over use of “MarTech.” Third Door Media, the publisher of Search Engine Land and producer of marketing conferences such as SMX, has sued rival publisher ClickZ for trademark infringement. ClickZ is part of the same company that owns Search Engine Watch. The dispute stems from the use of “MarTech.” […]

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Verisign thwarts cyberattack by taking down typo domain name

Court grants temporary restraining order against domain mimicking VerisignDNS.com. Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN), the registry for .com domain names, has successfully taken down the domain name VerisignNNS.com, which it says was about to be used in a cyber attack on internet infrastructure. A court granted a temporary restraining order against the unknown owner of the domain […]

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A fight over descriptive skateboard domain names

Company with descriptive domain name tries to get the singular version of the name through UDRP. Mimic Skateboards Inc., a skateboard seller that uses the domain name CustomSkateboards.com, has lost a UDRP it filed against the domain name CustomSkateboard.com (singular). The World Intellectual Property Organization panelist did not find reverse domain name hijacking, however. The […]

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Celgene sues to get CellGene.com after trying to reverse hijack it first

Company hires new counsel after being found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. In February of this year, pharmaceutical company Celgene (NASDAQ: CELG) was found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking in its attempt to get the domain name CellGene.com. The World Intellectual Property Organization panel found that Celgene attempted to mislead the […]

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Nelson Mandela Foundation wins Mandela.org domain name dispute

Organization wins dispute and will get shorter domain name. Nelson Mandela Foundation Trust has won a cybersquatting dispute over the domain name Mandela.org. The organization was established in 1999 when Nelson Mandela stepped down as President of South Africa. It was created for Mandela to do charitable work such as building schools, HIV/AIDS work and […]

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Addicting.com owner shows up to defend domain name

Addicting.com owner challenges in rem action. The owner of the domain name Addicting.com showed up to defend its domain name in a lawsuit. Addicting Games, Inc., led by Bill Karamouzis (podcast), filed an in rem lawsuit against the domain name in January claiming cybersquatting. Federal Investment Group, LLC (FIG), led by Krikor Bedrossian, has now filed […]

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The problem with not finding reverse domain name hijacking

Panelists should find RDNH even when a complainant is just very misguided. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has given a free pass to a Complainant who seemed to not understand the requirements of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). Sébastien Paches filed a UDRP to get the domain name Paches.com for a […]

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