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Stolen LDW.com domain name returned in UDRP

Original registrant discovered theft late last year. Game developer LDW Software, LLC has successfully recovered the stolen domain name LDW.com through a UDRP. The alleged theft appears to have happened in 2015, but the company didn’t become aware of the change until the perpetrator changed the nameservers for the domain name at the end of […]

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Gleissner’s UDRP filings just an R&D project?

Well, that would be an abuse of UDRP. World Trademark Review talked with an unnamed source “related to one of [Michael] Gleissner’s businesses” about what the heck he’s up to with his trademark filings, UDRPs and more. The anonymous source told World Trademark Review that the allegation that the trademark filings are part of a […]

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You need a plausible trademark to recover stolen domains through UDRP

UDRP can be used to recover stolen domain names but you need to prove some sort of trademark rights in the domains. The owner of 74 domain names who claims they were stolen from their GoDaddy account has failed to recover the domain names through a UDRP. When you look at the list of domain […]

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DigitalTown defends Gorgonzola.city

Domain name is one of 20,000 .city domains it registered. DigitalTown has successfully defended its domain name gorgonzola.city in a UDRP. The domain name is one of over 20,000 .city domain names that the company registered for its smart cities platform. Consorzio per la Tutela del Formaggio Gorgonzola, which was formed to control the use […]

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UDRPSearch owner sues after UDRP filed against one of his domains

VirtualPoint claims reverse domain name hijacking and asks for at least $100,000. VirtualPoint, Inc., the company that runs the UDRP information site UDRPSearch.com, has filed a lawsuit after one of its own domain names was subject to a UDRP. Florida company FastTrak, which uses the domain name FastTrak.biz, filed a UDRP against VirtualPoint’s domain name […]

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Popular website stolen and held for ransom

Thief demanded $30,000 worth of bitcoin to return 411Mania.com domain name. 411Mania.com, a mixed martial arts, wrestling and entertainment website that gets seven million pageviews per month, was hijacked and held for ransom earlier this week. According to a lawsuit (pdf) filed in Virginia on Wednesday, the domain name was hijacked on or about April […]

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Gleissner continues fight with Apple, still applying for .com marks

After being ordered to pay Apple money, he files two Apple-related trademark applications in the U.S. I’ll say this about Michael Gleissner: he’s not afraid to pick fights with deep-pocketed companies. Just days after being ordered to pay Apple £38,085 for filing trademark revocation proceedings with an ulterior purpose, firms that list Gleissner as Director […]

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Brand owners: please, hire a domain attorney

Inexperienced counsel can flub your case. The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) can be a good thing. Every week, brand owners use the service to recover domain names that are clear cases of cybersquatting. I review UDRP decisions almost daily, and one pattern emerges when an outcome is a bit surprising in favor […]

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Court determines Oversee.net co-founder’s case can move forward

Opinion retains most of Frederick Hsu’s claims against Oversee.net investors, officers and board members. Last year, I wrote about a lawsuit that Oversee.net co-founder Frederick Hsu (through the Frederick Hsu Living Trust) filed against Oversee.net investor Oak Hill Capital Partners and many former board members and officers of the company. Hsu alleged six claims in […]

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Egregious DCAC.com UDRP denied

Company was formed after domain was registered and complaint omitted key information. A dead-on-arrival “Plan B” UDRP complaint for DCAC.com has been denied, but the panelist didn’t bother to consider if it was reverse domain name hijacking. This might be because the domain name owner didn’t file an official response to the complaint. The complainant, […]

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