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This UDRP troubles me

I struggle to see how this qualifies as cybersquatting under UDRP. A beauty products company in France called Robertet SA has won a UDRP against a man in Texas who registered the domain name Robertets.com. The case troubles me. The man who registered the domain is Robert Emshoff. Right away, that should set off alarm […]

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A warning to companies that license their trademarks

UDRP is not the place to settle disputes with former trademark licensees and domains. Here’s a case I often see: a company licenses a trademark to another company. Perhaps it’s a distributor or regional manufacturing and sales company. The licensee registers a domain name related to the brand. The relationship ends but the licensee still […]

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ICANN nixes in-person Seattle meeting, will be virtual event

Board decides to wait until next year for in-person meetings. ICANN’s Board of Directors has decided against having in-person attendance for its Annual General Meeting scheduled for Seattle this October. It will be a virtual event instead. This paragraph of its resolution seems to sum up its decision: Whereas, at this time, while conventions are […]

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Why a company might file a lawsuit instead of a UDRP

Sites causing imminent harm can sometimes be taken down faster through the courts. The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) was created as a faster, easier, and cheaper alternative to lawsuits to settle cybersquatting claims. For a filing fee of under $2,000 plus legal time, trademark holders can win the transfer of domains that […]

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ICANN’s board should go forward with in-person Seattle meeting

ICANN should allow anyone who can attend in person to do so. ICANN’s Board of Directors is meeting tomorrow to consider the fate of its Annual General Meeting scheduled for Seattle this October. It should move forward with in-person attendance for any community member who wishes to attend. Come October, it will have been two […]

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Patsy Cline estate sues to get PatsyCline.com

She’s (or her estate) Got You. Patsy Cline Enterprise, LLC, which manages the late singer’s intellectual property, has filed a lawsuit (pdf) against the owner of PatsyCline.com. Visual Link Internet appears to have registered the domain name in 1996 and, according to the suit, has previously operated a site about the singer. The history between […]

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Streaming platform Brime loses another bad cybersquatting claim

This company’s lawyers need to re-read the UDRP. Brime is a new streaming video platform launching this summer. For some reason, the company thinks it should get domain names registered before it existed. The company uses the domain BrimeLive.com and tried to secure Brime.net and Brime.com through UDRP. Last week I wrote about how the […]

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Another bad UDRP filing

It was a week of misinformed and malevolent cybersquatting disputes. There were a lot of reverse domain name hijacking cases last week. There was also one where the panelist didn’t find reverse domain name hijacking but it appears the Complainant filed a case knowing that the domain owner was dead. Add one more notable UDRP […]

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Here’s the third RDNH of the day

World Intellectual Property Organization published three reverse domain name hijacking decisions today. When it rains, it pours, and today that means we have three reverse domain name hijacking (RDNH) cases to report. Earlier today, I wrote about reverse domain name hijacking findings for Koibox.com and Machani.com. The third case is for WWTM.org. Maharishi Foundation USA, […]

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Spanish company attempts to reverse domain hijack Koibox.com

Company filed UDRP even though domain owner registered domain well before it existed. A Spanish company that provides software to beauty salons attempted to reverse domain name hijacking Koibox.com, a World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has ruled. Software Koibox S.L. filed the UDRP after first inquiring about buying the domain. According to the decision, it […]

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