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Playboy.CLUB : UDRP Respondent claimed term is unknown, generic

A Chinese entrepreneur registered the domain Playboy.CLUB, perhaps out of admiration towards the iconic creation of the late Hugh Hefner. Or maybe not. In a UDRP that was filed by Playboy Enterprises International, Inc of Beverly Hills, California, the Respondent was Wu Hongyan of Beijing, China, self-represented. That’s right: there was actually a response in […]

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SteelCases.com : UDRP ends up in loss of 12 year old domain

The UDRP against the generic domain, SteelCases.com, resulted in its loss for the Respondent, Nokta Internet Technologies. Registered in 2005, the domain is a generic plural, comprising of the terms “steel” and “cases.” There was a problem: STEELCASE is a registered trademark, and the Complainant, Steelcase Inc., asserted that their mark is far from “merely […]

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Ethereum trademark leads to cryptocurrency domain loss via UDRP

If you’re investing in crypto-domains, think again when registering “Ethereum” keywords: it’s a trademark. Swiss company Stiftung Ethereum (Foundation Ethereum) owns a registered trademark with the USPTO in the US for ETHEREUM, and for the following classes: IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Computer software platforms for developing, building, and […]

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Astrogold .com UDRP : Give this panelist a fat cigar!

Not very often do we give out the “big fat cigar” award to a UDRP panelist. In the case of Astrogold.com, the Complainant was Ajnaware Pty Ltd of Australia, that relied on a 2014 registration mark for ASTRO GOLD in order to go after the domain. Registered in 2009, the domain is being used with […]

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AirBBN.com : Short term rental traffic typo lost in UDRP

House rental services provider, AirBNB, is protective of its brand, and challenged the domain AirBBN.com – an anagram or typo – via the UDRP process. Airbnb, Inc. filed the UDRP at the National Arbitration Forum, seeking to acquire control of the domain. The AIRBNB mark was filed on Apr. 27, 2010 with the USPTO, and […]

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lnstagram.eu to be deleted after UDRP at the WIPO

The domain lnstagram.eu was challenged via the UDRP process at the WIPO. The Complainant is Instagram, LLC of Menlo Park, California, and there is no doubt that INSTAGRAM is by now a famous trademark. The domain was ordered to be deleted, because that first letter isn’t an “i” but an “l.” This type of visual […]

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Former MarkMonitor execs join new brand protection registrar

Two former MarkMonitor executives have teamed up with a Fairwinds co-founder to launch a new “next generation” brand protection registrar. The new company is Brandsight. It was set up by CEO Phil Lodico, who left brand consultancy Fairwinds about a year ago, and was accredited by ICANN earlier this month. The first two hires are […]
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