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  • Frank Schilling gets reverse domain name hijacking win on Puket.com

    1. BY - Sep 12, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    “Ah, Puket, let’s file this case and hope they don’t show up.”

    Clothing company IMB Textil S.A., which uses the domain name puket.com.br, has been found guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) for trying to steal Puket.com through UDRP.

    Frank Schilling parked the domain name Puket.com, an alternative spelling of Phuket in Thailand, and it showed links related to to island.

    IMB Textil filed the UDRP after initiating purchase negotiations with Schilling, likely through DomainNameSales.com.

    Schilling did something smart. …Click here to continue reading.

  • Reverse domain name hijacking of Verb.com in a “Foolish waste of time”

    1. BY - Sep 09, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    “Baseless” complaint was a “foolish waste of time”.

    Verb-logoThree related hair care products companies have been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking after trying to steal the domain name Verb.com through a UDRP.

    Verb Products Inc., Verb Hair Products Canada Inc., and Moroccanoil Israel Ltd. filed the complaint with the assistance of law firm Conkle, Kremer & Engel, PLC.

    The three person WIPO panel that heard the case said it agreed with the first statement in domain name owner Richard Bloxham’s response, which read:

    This Proceeding is a foolish waste of time involving a dictionary word in which the Respondent has a decade of seniority over the Complainant’s junior claim in hair care products.

    That quote came courtesy of Bloxham’s attorney, John Berryhill. …Click here to continue reading

  • Clearwater Systems Guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

    1. BY - Sep 05, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
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    Case contradicts prior rulings involving the same complainant, but the panelist in the other cases probably got it wrong.

    Clearwater SystemsClearwater Systems of Akron, Ohio, has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking.

    It’s a decision that might make the company scratch its head in light of two recent victories using UDRP.

    The present case is for ClearWaterSystems.net, a domain name owned by a water softener and bottled water company in Indiana. …Click here to continue reading about this UDRP

  • Reverse domain name hijacking ruling over SaintLazarusUSA.com

    1. BY - Aug 20, 2014
    2. Policy & Law
    3. 1 Comment

    WIPO panelist hands down RDNH ruling.

    Saint LazarusEvery once in a while I read a UDRP involving organizations in a world I simply didn’t know existed.

    Such is the case in The American Association of the Order of St. Lazarus, Inc. v. Thierry Villejust over the domain name SaintLazarusUSA.com.

    The complainant was found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking in the case.

    The respondent is “a member of the governing council of the Orleans obedience and serves as the Grand Bailiff of the Grand Bailiwick of the USA which engages in charitable activities in the United States through a nonprofit organization, Saint Lazare USA, Inc. Respondent registered the disputed domain name in 2011 his capacity as Grand Bailiff of the organization.”

    According to the respondent, both his organization and the complainant represent two obediences of the ancient “Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem” and each have used the names and symbols of the Order for centuries, beginning in the 11th century. Both parties claim their origins with the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, an order of chivalry founded by crusaders in the 11th century.

    (You can read more about it on Wikipedia.)

    The respondent notes:

    Respondent’s organization has roots in one faction of the Order. That faction has at times operated under the auspices of the Royal House of France, initially through the 1800s, after which time it operated without that protection. In 2004, when the Royal House of France resumed its protection, the Order split, resulting in more than one obedience. Respondent represents the US arm of an obedience that operates under the auspices of the French royal house known as the “Orleans obedience,” while Complainant apparently represents another branch of the order known as the “international Malta obedience.”

    That’s some rich history.

    Panelist Debra J. Stanek ruled in the respondent’s favor on all three elements of the UDRP.

    Stanek found the complainant guilty of reverse domain name hijacking on four grounds:

    - Although Complainant did establish ownership of US federal trademark registrations containing terms used in the disputed domain name, it did not provide any support for its claim of unregistered or common law rights in its domain name or ownership of an international registration for LAZARUS and did not persuade the Panel that either of the marks that it did own was confusingly similar to the domain name.

    - Complainant either knew or should have known, at the time of filing the Complaint, that it was not the “only legitimate organization” to use the name “The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem” since the crusades.

    - Complainant either knew or should have known, at the time of filing the Complaint that Respondent was affiliated with an organization that had rights to use the name “The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem” and other indicia related to the Order.5

    - The allegations of the Complaint were largely unsupported by facts, evidence, or argument and omitted material information regarding the history of the Order, and other pertinent facts that were, or should have been known to Complainant.

  • Roundup: this week in the Domain Name Business

    1. BY - Jul 26, 2014
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    It was another exciting week in the domain name industry. Here’s a look back.

    Domain Registry of America may finally get cut off from ICANN. The notorious company that sends misleading domain renewal notices to domain owners has been suspended by ICANN and a full termination may be coming.

    Sedo is planning a big new TLD booth at September’s DMEXCO conference in Germany. Interested new TLD companies are invited to reach out to the company about participating.

    Amazon and Google settled some new TLD contention sets this week. The two companies settled their differences over .talk, .you, .play, .dev and .drive. Amazon.com let .group go to Donuts in a 5-way race.

    .Tokyo launched on Tuesday and got almost 10,000 domain name registrations. There were some other strong starts this week, and some slow out of the gate.

    Dealhunter A/S of Denmark has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking over DealHunter.com. Other RDNH’s this week include SinVodka.com and CityBank.com.

    Both Neustar and Verisign reported earnings this week. This was the first quarter in which Neustar’s numbers included .Co. Verisign had a slow quarter, stock investors like its forecast.

    Heritage Auctions held a successful domain name auction on Thursday, grossing $774k. Top sales include Digital.com at $373,500 and Cute.com at $230,000. The downside was that the highly anticipated auction for Bitcoins.com was removed for legal reasons.

    Webfair Virtual, an online tradeshow, was held on Thursday. It was frustrating to attend, but apparently if you got past the initial frustration it was worth the time.

    Google is registering “Music Key domain names. Is this the name of its new YouTube music service?

    There were four public six figure domain name sales this week, DNJournal reports.

    Disgraced celebrity chef Paula Deen was among the end users that bought domain names last week at Sedo.