Here’s a UDRP case that will get domainers “fired” up.
A company that filed for a trademark on the term “fired” in 2004 has filed a UDRP against the owner of Fired.com to try to get the domain name. The case commenced yesterday at National Arbitration Forum.
Domain Name Wire has learned that World2Work Corporation is the complainant in the case brought against Kurt Ruess. World2Work operates the Fired.tv domain. Reuss runs Contractors.com.
World2Work.com filed for the trademark on “Fired” for the class “Human resources management, and employment hiring, recruiting, placement, staffing and career networking services” on February 2, 2004. It was registered July 24, 2007. In the patent filing the company claimed a first use in commerce date of September 12, 2004.
Fired.com was originally registered in 1999. But even if the domain had been registered after the trademark was filed, this would seem like a gross overreaching of a generic trademark term.
It’s difficult to find information about World2Work Corporation through a Google search. The trademark filing lists a Chicago address and phone number. A call to the phone number went to a generic voicemail recording. The lawyer that filed the original trademark is no longer at the law firm that filed the trademark.