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20 years after registering IMEC.com, company hit with UDRP

Panel declines to find reverse domain name hijacking despite highly questionable UDRP. Imagine registering a four letter .com domain name for your business in 1996. You use it off and on during that period, and then twenty years later you receive a complaint that alleges you’re cybersquatting. That’s what happened to IMEC Hosting for its […]

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This .yachts domain shouldn’t have been lost in a UDRP, but…

The domain name owner had a great defense but didn’t reply to the filing. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has ordered the domain name virgin.yachts be transferred to Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Enterprises. I did a doubletake when I saw this decision. In order to register a .yachts domain name, you have to be […]

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4 letter .com saved in UDRP but no reverse domain name hijacking

Complaint was dead-on-arrival because domain was registered before business started. Domain name attorney John Berryhill has successfully defended the domain name QWIC.com in a UDRP brought by an electronic bike maker. The case was filed by the maker of Qwic bikes in the Netherlands. It uses the domain name QWIC.nl. The complaint was dead on […]

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New TLD registries ask for 75% cost reduction

Citing struggling registries, group requests temporary fee rollback and marketing effort. The gTLD Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG) has asked (pdf) ICANN to cut its fees for a year and to undertake a $3 million marketing effort to promote new top level domain names. In a letter to ICANN last week, RySG chair Paul Diaz said […]

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Should Zions Bank have been hit with Reverse Domain Name Hijacking?

Panelist questions Zions Bank’s decision to file a UDRP. I want to give World Intellectual Property Organization panelist Tony Willoughby some credit. He recently decided a case involving Zions Bank. He found in favor of a person in Pakistan who registered ZionVPN.com to start a VPN internet service. It was quite clear what the registrant’s […]

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Lawsuit filed to recover 6213.com, an allegedly stolen domain name

Allegedly stolen domain name end up at eName. A Hong Kong resident has filed suit (pdf) in Virginia to recover the domain name 6213.com, which he says was stolen from him. Ching Ping Cheung says he registered the domain name in 2003. He alleges it was stolen from his account at GoDaddy in January and […]

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Lawsuit filed to block transfer of Lotto domain names

Man bought domain names for his lottery business but lost a UDRP to the soccer apparel company Lotto. A Canadian man has filed a lawsuit (pdf) to block the transfer of LottoStore.com and LottoWorks.com, which WIPO recently ordered to be transferred to soccer apparel company Lotto Sport Italia in a UDRP. Based on my reading […]

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Donuts’ appeal means .Web is a long way off

Court case for .web works its way through appeals court. Question: When will .web domain names grace the internet? Answer: no time soon. In late November, Judge Percy Anderson of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, granted ICANN’s motion to dismiss Donuts’ lawsuit against the organization over the auction for the .web top […]

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Wow: WIPO panelist lets “misconceived” complainant off the hook

WIPOs panelists are going soft on obvious cases of reverse domain name hijacking. I’ve written about a few UDRP cases this week in which panelists let the complainants off the hook for reverse domain name hijacking. A decision out today for CQC.com is the worst example yet. Clasen Quality Chocolate, Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin filed […]

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