“Spa Community” gets .Spa domain name

Group wins Community Priority Evaluation for .Spa.

Asia Spa and Wellness Promotion Council Limited has won (for now) the sole right to operate the .Spa top level domain name after winning a Community Priority Evaluation for the name.

The group scored 14 points (pdf) out of 16 to prevail. It lost one point for “Content and Use” and one for “Community Endorsement” under support.

According to its application, Asia Spa and Wellness Promotion Council Limited “is the regional coordinating body for the promotion of spa and wellness centres. We assist national and regional organisations in promoting spa and wellness centres both inter- and intra-regionally to an audience of wellness tourists, health practitioners and other stakeholders.” Click to continue reading…

John Berryhill gets stolen EHT.com domain returned through UDRP

Panel orders domain name stolen in 2013 to be returned to previous owner.

Domain name attorney John Berryhill has successfully won the transfer of the domain name EHT.com for his client, in a rare case in which he acted on behalf of the complainant.

John Dilks has owned EHT.com since 1997. The domain name was apparently stolen from Dilks in late 2013, but he didn’t know this until just recently. That’s because the thief kept the nameservers posted to Dilks’ hosting while he transferred the domain name to various registrars. Click here to continue reading…

$50,000 penalty for filing a frivolous UDRP!

Company pays big bucks after filing losing UDRP.

PenaltyA Belgium maker of ultrasound equipment has paid $50,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from a frivolous UDRP it filed.

SDT International filed a UDRP for the domain named SDT.com last year. The domain name is owned by Nat Cohen’s Telepathy, and SDT had tried to purchase the domain name before filing the complaint. (Cohen was on the Domain Name Wire Podcast recently, discussing similar frivolous cases).

Upon receipt of the UDRP, Cohen reached out to SDT’s managing director suggesting that he withdraw the UDRP. Cohen pointed out that SDT’s attorney, Novagraaf Belgium NV/SA, had already been censured for filing abusive UDRPs. Click to continue reading…

Scripps files trademark applications for new top level domains

Trademarking Living and Lifestyle.

Scripps Networks Interactive, through its top level domain name company Lifestyle Domain Holdings, has filed for U.S. trademarks matching a number of the top level domain names it will run.

The company filed multiple trademark applications for “Living”, “Lifestyle” and “Vana”, which all match new top level domain names.

There are four intent-to-use trademarks for each word, the only difference being the goods and services descriptions. One description reads: Click here to continue reading…

E-Renter.com nailed for reverse domain name hijacking

Background check company filed complaint in abuse of cybersquatting policy.

e-Renter.com

A background check on this company won’t come back clean anymore.

E-Renter USA Ltd, which operates a background screening site for renters at E-Renter.com, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name ERenter.com.

The company filed a UDRP with World Intellectual Property Organization against Kevin Ham’s Vertical Axis.

The owner of the background check company registered the domain name in 1999, but apparently didn’t use it for the business until many years later. The first use was after Vertical Axis registered the domain name. Click here to continue reading…