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Talking to UDRP panelists – DNW Podcast #414

Here’s what Nat Cohen told panelists in Geneva. Last month Nat Cohen was invited to speak at a World Intellectual Property Organization UDRP workshop in Geneva. He was able to talk to UDRP panelists and practitioners about what domain name investors do and why cybersquatting cases involving investors are unique. On today’s show, Nat discusses […]

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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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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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Columbian real estate company tries to reverse hijack domain name

So much for making a friendly overture. Picture this: You start a business. You do a trademark search and then form a corporation. The matching .com domain name is already registered and you can’t afford the asking price. So you launch on a second-choice domain. Later the same year, a company in Colombia creates a […]

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ProjectPay Pty Ltd tries reverse domain name hijacking

There was an obvious flaw in this cybersquatting case. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has determined that ProjectPay Pty Ltd, tried to reverse domain name hijack projectpay.com. The company uses the domains ProjectPay.com.au and ProjectPay.co.uk to promote its payment services for construction. It registered these domains in 2017 and later, and claims to have […]

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What’s wrong with this UDRP?

If you think something is fishy about the dates cited in the decision, you’re right. I was reading through a UDRP decision (pdf) for snugg.com today when something caught my eye. The first two paragraphs of the “factual background” summary that the panelist puts together state: According to the Complaint, the disputed domain name was […]

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UDRP filers have a duty to research ownership history

A UDRP panel explained the duty complainants have to research the ownership history of a domain name. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has found that French company ITF engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name veripro.com. The case raises an important question: what duty does a complainant have to undertake research […]

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HugeDomains gets reverse domain name hijacking win

Panelists agree it was a “Plan B” UDRP filing. HugeDomains has won a reverse domain name hijacking claim against Redgrass SA, with particularly scathing remarks from one panelist. Redgrass SA sells tools for painting figurines and miniatures. It uses the domain RedgrassGames.com. It filed the dispute against HugeDomains over redgrass.com. HugeDomains registered the domain before […]

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Should this have been reverse domain name hijacking?

World Intellectual Property Organization panelist John Swinson has found against Cheyne Capital Holdings Limited in a dispute over the domain name CheyneGroup.com. It’s one of those cases made difficult by GDRP. But once the domain owner’s identity was made available, the Complainant should have withdrawn the case. Post-GDPR, UDRP providers get the domain owner’s information […]

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