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It’s time to rethink WIPO guide section 3.5

The current jurisprudence doesn’t match the goal of UDRP. Many UDRP panelists consider the WIPO Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions, Third Edition as bible for considering facts in a UDRP case. The guide provides an overview of the current jurisprudence of UDRP. Although the guide reflects what UDRP panelists have generally […]

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Fly Go Voyager SRL tries reverse domain name hijacking

Romanian travel company files cybersquatting case against domain registered before it existed. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has determined (pdf) that Fly Go Voyager SRL attempted to reverse the domain name hijack FlyGo.com. Fly Go Voyager SRL is a Romanian travel company founded in 2005. It operates on multiple domains that seem to have […]

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A split decision UDRP worth reading

One panelist thinks this was RDNH; another thought the domain should be transferred. It’s always interesting when there’s a dissenting opinion in a UDRP. These disputes are designed to handle clear-cut cases of cybersquatting, so you’d think all three panelists would agree on the outcome. Of course, there is a bit of nuance to cases. […]

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Thorpe Technologies, Inc. tries to reverse hijack jtt.com

Tech company went after valuable domain registered in 1995. A California company tried to reverse domain name hijack jtt.com, a World Intellectual Property Organization panel has found (pdf). Thorpe Technologies, Inc. filed the case against Gregory Kudasz. Kudasz registered the domain in 1995, the same year he registered a DBA with the initials JTT. Thorpe […]

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Hosting company’s parking page nullifies reverse domain name hijacking

A UDRP panelist has, with “considerable hesitation,” determined (pdf) that a case was not reverse domain name hijacking because the registrar added pay-per-click ads to the domain’s landing page. Samet Kalıp Ve Madeni Eşya Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.Ş, which produces furniture accessories such as hinge systems, filed the complaint over samet.com against Samet & Company, […]

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Lego scoops up cybersquatted web3 domains

Man registered 14 domains including the famous Lego brand. Lego, the maker of the iconic connectable toy pieces, has won a case (pdf) against a cybersquatter who registered a bunch of web3-related domains with the famous brand in them. Most of the 14 names a connection to cryptocurrency: legobtc .com legocoinbank .com legocoinexchange .com legocoinmining […]

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What’s your duty to search for trademarks before registering a domain?

The answer is nuanced. You see a domain name in an auction that looks appealing. It’s comprised of a couple of dictionary words. You’re not aware of any trademarks that match it. At this point, what’s your duty to check for trademarks before acquiring the domain? There’s no definitive answer, but there is some case […]

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Three notable things about this UDRP

This case stands out to me for three reasons. CRF International Holding B.V. has lost (pdf) a UDRP it filed at World Intellectual Property Organization against the domain name TopEmployers.com. The case caught my attention for three reasons. 1. This is the second day in a row that the intellectual property firm Novagraaf has come […]

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Xiatech Consulting Ltd tries “Plan B” reverse domain name hijacking

Company filed UDRP after inquiring about buying the domain name. A UK technology company tried to reverse domain name hijack a domain name, a World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has determined (pdf). Xiatech Consulting Ltd, which uses the domain name xiatech.co.uk, attempted to get the domain name xiatech.com through a UDRP cybersquatting dispute. The Respondent […]

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Why didn’t the trademark holder just say what happened?

The Complainants in this UDRP should have explained the circumstances to the panelist. I’m perplexed after reading a UDRP decision (pdf) for bewellbydrfranklipman .com. The Complainant, Dr. Frank Lipman of Be Well Health & Wellness, filed the case against the domain in March. It cited a trademark registration filed in 2011, citing first use on […]

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