Is this retreat domain name hijacking?
- Cybersquatting case between vineyards should have never been filed.
A single-member UDRP panel has denied a California company’s attempt to get the domain name WilsonVineyard.com. I think the panelist should have also considered reverse domain name hijacking.
The complainant is Wilson Vineyards, a California vineyard that uses the domain name WilsonVineyards.com (plural). The respondent was Wilson Vineyard, a Pennslyvania vineyard that uses the domain name WilsonVineyard.com (singular).
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UDRP Filed on Two Letter .Com Domain ZT.com
A UDRP has been filed on a two letter .Com domain name ZT.com
It appears the domain name was owned in 2014 by Cincinnati Bell Telephone/Fuse Internet then transferred into privacy in September 2014, then transferred to a Raymond Liu in August 2015 and then was transferred to another Chinese buyer in October 2015, and transferred once again to another Chinese registrant in December 2015.
The domain name is currently going to the site in the screenshot above.
The complaint was filed at this point ... read more ...
Domain name financier gets RDNH win
- China ready, but not ready for a UDRP.
Domain name investor Warren Weitzman has successfully defended his domain name ChinaReady.com, and the panel found complainant China Ready and Accredited Pty Ltd to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking by bringing the case.
The complainant uses the lengthy domain name chinareadyandaccredited.com.
It claimed first use of the “China Ready” mark dating to 2012. But Weitzman registered ChinaReady.com back in 2006. See the problem for the complainant? ... read more ...
LeBoeuf Corporation Guilty Of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking on Leboeuf.com
- LeBoeuf Corporation (“Complainant”), represented by Jeffrey M. Rosenfeld of KRONENBERGER ROSENFELD, LLP, California, USA, has just been found guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking on the domain Leboeuf.com
“”The three member panel of the Honorable Karl V. Fink (Ret.) (Chair), David J. Steele Esq., and The Hon Neil Anthony Brown QC found that the domain name was generic as the term “le boeuf” is French for “the beef” or “the ox”; found that the complainant had no registered trademark, ... read more ...
Halle Berry wants her domain name
- Actress files complaint against owner of HalleBerry.com.
Actress Halle Berry has filed a cybersquatting complaint in order to obtain the domain name HalleBerry.com. The case was filed under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) with World Intellectual Property Organization.
The domain name is owned by Alberta Hod Rods, a company that has registered many celebrities’ domain names. The company has already lost cases filed by Pamela Anderson, Ashley Judd, Sandra Bullock and Cameron ... read more ...
TM Holder Wins UDRP, Fails To Renew Domain & Gets Domain Back in Another UDRP
- Here’s a case you don’t see everyday.
Bebidas Fruki S.A. of Lajeado, Brazil, won a second UDRP on the domain name Fruki.com after failing to renew its domain back in 2013.
The domain was originally registered on January 2002.
In 2011 the domain name was transferred to the Complainant under UDRP case Bebidas Fruki S.A. v. NitroTrade LLC, WIPO Case No. D2011-0913.
However in 2013 the company failed to renew the domain when it was registered at Godaddy.
It took the company over two years to send ... read more ...
Domain name financier wins domain on NameJet, afterwards wins UDRP
- DiamondTrust.com was hit with a UDRP just after selling on NameJet.
A domain name investor has successfully defended the domain name DiamondTrust.com in a UDRP filed just after he won the domain name on NameJet.
James Kim of South Korea won an auction for DiamondTrust.com for $1,319 at NameJet in October last year. Diamond Trust Consultancy (UK) Limited filed a UDRP against the domain name the following month.
Kim said that he registered the domain name for its descriptive value and was unaware of ... read more ...
Parking page ads lead to a UDRP loss
- What ads show up on a parked page make a big difference.
Anyone can own the domain name MyEnterprise.com. Enterprise is a dictionary word, often referring to businesses and large organizations.
But the owner of MyEnterprise.com just lost the domain name in a UDRP brought by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.com, and for good reason. It’s worth digging into this a bit to clear two common misconceptions:
1. You can blame PPC algorithms for the keywords displayed on your parked page.
2. You shouldn’t park a ... read more ...
Hopscotch.com saved in UDRP, though no RDNH
- PR firm filed UDRP after failing to buy domain name.
A three-member World Intellectual Property Organization panel hasdenied a UDRP for the domain name Hopscotch.com. It did not find the complainant to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking for the domain name, however.
Joseph Lee bought the domain name for over $10,000 in 2010 with plans to create a game site.
Complainant Hopscotch Group of Paris is a PR company.
The complainant uses the domain name hopscotchgroupe.com and also owns domains ... read more ...
After 11 years Victoria Beckham gets her Typo .Com Domain: VictoriaBeckam.com
- A UDRP panel just award the typo domain name VictoriaBeckam.com to the former Spice Girl and the wife of David Beckham whose website is Victoriabeckham.com
The domain was first registered in 2004 so its been kicking around for quite a while making someone presumable some PPC money over the years
Here is the highlights:
“The Complainant is Victoria Beckham, a former Spice Girl and currently a fashion designer and businesswoman. The Complainant’s eponymous label was launched in 2008, and a diffusion ... read more ...
Vodex Communications nailed for retreat domain name hijacking
- Serial entrepreneur defends 17-year-old domain name.
California company filed a UDRP against a domain name registered many years before it existed.Serial entrepreneur Taro Gold has successfully defended his domain name Vodex.com in a UDRP. The panel found complainant Vodex Communications to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking by bringing the suit.
Business telecom company Vodex Communications uses the longer VodexCommunications.com domain name, which it registered in 2012. The company registered ... read more ...
Wolfram Alpha Owner Loses UDRP To Grab The Domain WolframVentures.com
- Wolfram Group LLC has lost its attempt to grab the domain name wolframventures.com
Here are the highlights:
The Complainant is a provider of computational knowledge and mathematical software with offices in Paris, Tokyo, Lima, Linkoping, Bangalore, Boston and Champaign (Illinois). It has been operating under the name “Wolfram” since 1987. Perhaps, its most well-known service to the general public is the “Wolfram Alpha” search engine.
Amongst other things, the Complainant has registered WOLFRAM ... read more ...
The ICA Is Having a Coming Out Party At Namescon; Come Join US
Michael Berkens, Esq. is a owner and Editor-in-Chief of TheDomains.com. Michael is also a co-founder of Worldwide Media Inc. that sole around 70K domain to Godaddy.com in Dec 2015 and now owns around 5K domain names . Michael is also a Director of RightoftheDot.com that is a consultant in a new gTLD space and a attorney of super reward domains. Michael was also one of a 5 Judges comparison for a a Verisign 30th Anniversary .Com competition this year.
I'll compensate $500k for your domain name. Psych! Here's a UDRP.
- French company files UDRP after offering to buy a domain name for $500,000.
Plug “buy followers” into Google and you’ll get 624,000 results. In a rush to look important online, companies spend lots of money buying low-quality social media followers.
A French firm that uses the domain name BuyFollowers.fr to sell followers has failed in its attempt to steal the generic domain name BuyFollowers.com through a UDRP, and it appears it may have been a bit dirty in its tactics.
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1st Reverse Domain Hijacking Finding of The Year & Bretzel Ditsch GmbH Of Germany is Guilty
- Bretzel Ditsch GmbH from Mainz, Germany, represented by Horak Attorneys, Germany was found guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking on the domain name Ditsch.com which was registered on June 28, 1998.
To the best of our knowledge this is the first RDNH finding of 2016 (although the decision was entered on December 24th but just published by WIPO today)
At some point the Bretzel Ditsch was offered the domain name for EUR 10,000 but they declined and started this UDRP.
The original decision was written ... read more ...
Stanley Pace sues for purported Reverse Domain Name Hijacking
- Pace sues after losing UDRP to dancewear company.
Stanley Pace, a Texas resident who has faced his fair share of UDRP complaints, lost another one last month. A three member UDRP panel ordered the domain name Yumiko.com transferred to dancewear company Yumiko, LLC.
He’s fighting back to halt the transfer and is asking for damages under the Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act for reverse domain name hijacking.
Pace filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas on December ... read more ...
Another UDRP that should have never been filed
- iCloak.com was registered many years before the complainant had rights to iCloak.
A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has rejected a UDRP for the domain name iCloak.com. It’s another example of a case that was dead on arrival, and one that future UDRP rules should prevent from being filed.
Simply put, the complainant tried to get a domain name that was registered well before it was in existence.
The complainant operates an internet privacy service called iCloak, promoted at the website ... read more ...
15 Year Old Domain StinkySocks.com Saved In UDRP
- The Trimount Company, Inc DBA StinkySocks Hockey (“Complainant”), of Massachusetts, just lost its attempt to grab the domain name stinkysocks.com
in a UDRP rather than just pay the domain holder the $6,500 he was asking for the domain.
The domain was registered on February 2, 2000.
The Complainant trademark was registered over 15 years later on September 22, 2015 and at that the trademark was for the term “STINKYSOCKS HOCKEY”
Ho Hyun Nahm, Esq. was the sole Panelist who rules in favor of ... read more ...
StinkySocks.com UDRP was a stinker
- Domain registered at least 6 years before hockey league was created.
No surprise here: a National Arbitration Forum panel has determined that a case against StinkySocks.com was a stinker.
Complainant The Trimount Company, Inc DBA StinkySocks Hockey, runs an adult hockey league in Boston. It started using the StinkySocks name as early as 2006.
The problem is that the owner of the domain name registered it in 2000. Thus, there was no way it registered the domain name in bad faith so it could charge ... read more ...
TGW.com saved in uncanny UDRP
- No reverse domain name hijacking, but TGW.com to remain with owner.
A three-person National Arbitration Forum panel has denied a case seeking transfer of TGW.com and thegolfwarehouse.com.
The complainant, RG Golf, Inc. (“Complainant”) filed the case against The Golf Warehouse, Inc.
The Golf Warehouse has owned the domain names since 1997. But there’s a bit of history between then and now.
In 2000, The Golf Warehouse filed a UDRP against the complainant in this case for GolfWarehouse.com. The ... read more ...
Mrs Jello sues to retard Camilla.com transfer
- UDRP panel ordered generic domain name to be transferred to Australian company.
Mrs Jello LLC, a company formed by the late Igal Lichtman, has filed a lawsuit to block the transfer of Camilla.com after an adverse UDRP decision.
Camilla Australia Pty Ltd tried to buy the domain name for AUS $50,000 to upgrade its domain Camilla.com.au. When it was rebuffed by Mrs Jello, it decided to file a UDRP. Mrs Jello had purchased the domain name for $16,100.
Shockingly, a three member UDRP panel found in favor ... read more ...
Frank Schilling gets RDNH win on 3 minute domain name
- Complainant failed to disclose prior negotiations.
With the help of attorney John Berryhill, Frank Schilling has successfully defended his three letter domain name DKY.com in a UDRP. And, even though Berryhill didn’t ask for a finding of reverse domain name hijacking, the panel rightfully determined the complainant to have filed the case in abuse of the policy.
The complainant was Dumankaya Yapi Malzemeleri San. Ve Tic. A.S of Istanbul, Turkey, represented by AYDIN AYDIN Law Firm, Turkey. It started ... read more ...
UDRP Filed on Milano.com By Owner of Milano.com.mx
The domain name Milano.com has been hit with a UDRP.
Milano as it is called in Italy, known to the rest of the world as Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world.
The UDRP was filed by Grupo Milano, S.A. de C.V. whose website is Milano.com.mx.
Of course there are a ton of other trademarks on the term from cookies to clothing to bean bag chairs.
The domain recently transferred which often will be cause a UDRP filing.
The domain name is parked and has been parked for a long time.
We will keep ... read more ...
ICA issues matter on terrible Camilla.com UDRP decision
- Policy and advocacy group takes unusual step of issuing statement about a particular UDRP case.
The UDRP for Camilla.com was truly horrible. A three-person panel essentially stole a valuable, generic domain name from the heirs of the late Igal Lichtman, commonly known in domain name circles as Mrs Jello. It ruled that a company that didn’t have any sort of trademark rights in the name “Camilla” at the time the domain was registered should get the domain name.
Internet Commerce Association, ... read more ...
The late Igal Lichtman, aka Mrs Jello, loses a terrible UDRP decision
- Panel re-writes UDRP and “registered in bad faith” requirement.
The heirs of the late Igal Lichtman, commonly known in domain name circles as Mrs Jello, have lost a UDRP decision for the common name Camilla.com.
The case was filed by Australian clothing company Camilla Australia Pty Ltd, which uses the domain Camilla.com.au.
A three person World Intellectual Property Organization panel determined that, even though the domain name was registered prior to the Complainant having rights in the (common ... read more ...