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Reverse domain name hijacking over OpalShop.com domain name

Panelist finds the complaint was brought to harass a known competitor. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has found Mighty Men Pty Ltd, trading as Opalshop, to have attempted reverse domain name hijacking for the domain OpalShop.com. The company uses the domain OpalShop.com.au. OpalShop.com was technically registered to a dissolved company, but the owner of […]

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Agencias Universales S.A. tries reverse domain name hijacking GEN.com

Shipping company files an abusive UDRP to try to get .com matching its .cl domain. A Chilean shipping, transport and logistics company has been found to have tried reverse domain name hijacking the domain name GEN.com. Agencias Universales S.A. filed a cybersquatting dispute with World Intellectual Property Organization to get the domain. The Complainant uses […]

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Doxing crosses the free speech line in UDRP case

Panelist rules that domain used for gripe site isn’t protected speech. UDRP panelists walk a fine line when considering cases involving gripe sites. Is it cybersquatting to register a domain related to a company if the goal is to complain about the company, or is it just exercising free speech? Panelists tend to give deference […]

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A berry well reasoned cybersquatting case

Decision explains that domain registrant must have targeted the Complainant to win a case. A three-person World Intellectual Property Organization panel has found against blackberry producer Berry Fresh, LLC, in a cybersquatting dispute it filed against BerrySweet.com. The panel wrote a detailed decision showing that, just because you have a trademark for a term, it […]

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Gameloft recovers Asphalt 9 domain names

Company wins cybersquatting cases. Gameloft, a popular mobile gaming company, has recovered two domain names related to the latest game in its Asphalt racing video game series. The company won cybersquatting cases against the owners of asphalt9legend(.)com and asphalt9legends(.)net. Neither of the domains resolved for me this morning, but Gameloft stated that they were previously […]

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“Unicorn” Nubank is a reverse domain name hijacker

Brazilian financial company filed dead-on-arrival cybersquatting complaint. Nubank, a Brazilian finance startup that has raised billions in funding, tried to reverse domain name hijack the domain name Nubank.com. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist made the ruling after Nubank (Nu Pagamentos S.A.) made a cybersquatting claim against the domain name. The owner of the domain […]

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Naturals.com loss is a “win” for Indian law firm

Its client lost but the panelist didn’t find reverse domain name hijacking. A UDRP for Naturals.com that was filed in October has been found in favor of the domain name registrant. The case was filed by an India-based chain of hair salons and training centers. It will come as no surprise that the Complainant lost […]

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Walmart’s Vudu is a reverse domain name hijacker

Vudo.com was registered well before the streaming video company existed. Vudu, a streaming video subsidiary of retail giant Walmart, has been found to have attempted reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Vudo.com. The company filed a cybersquatting complaint against the domain name owner, even thought the owner registered the domain name well before […]

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Cybersquatting cases at WIPO trending up in 2019

Numbers up slightly so far this year, but still represent a very small subset of domains. The caseload of cybersquatting disputes at World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is trending upward so far in 2019. 2,723 cases were filed during the first three quarters of 2019, according to data on WIPO’s website. There were only 2,592 […]

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AgSpace Agriculture tries to reverse hijack domain name

Company filed a UDRP to try to get the unhyphenated version of its domain name. Farming technology company AgSpace Agriculture Limited has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking in its effort to get the domain name AgSpace.com. It uses the domain Ag-Space.com. The company threatened the owner of the domain prior […]

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