Smartphone maker gains 101 domain names in single dispute.
When it comes to getting bang for your buck in domain name arbitration, Research in Motion may have just set the bar. In a single UDRP case filed at World Intellectual Property Organization, the BlackBerry maker won 101 domains (and was denied 10 others).
BlackBerry filed the complaint against Georges Elias, who registered all 111 domains at GoDaddy. Elias’ imaginative registration spree included domains such as alwaysbetonblackberry.com, blackberryonice.com, and onceyougoblackberryyouwillnevergobackberry.com (no joke).
The panel decided that Research in Motion should get 101 of the domains, but denied 10 domains that focus on ‘berry’ rather than ‘blackberry’, such as mommyberry.com and berrydelsol.com.
Elias alleged that Research in Motion used Tucows’ (AMEX: TCX) Yummy Names division to approach the respondent about purchasing one of the domain names, insideblackberry.com, but never told Tucows that it was secretly enlisting it to gather evidence for its case. Elias alleged that Tucows said Research in Motion “procured Yummy Names’ services under false pretenses”, however the arbitrator decided there was no need to consider this.