Matchmaking company wins rights to domain name.
Retired New York State Supreme Court justice Ralph Yachnin has ruled that only one company has rights to the term “Hot Russian Brides” in web addresses.
Acting as an arbitrator for National Arbitration Forum, Yachnin found in favor of internet company Romantic Tours, Inc, which operates HotRussianBrides.com. The company was awarded the domain name “HotRusianBride.com”. Notice the typo of Russian and the singular version of “Bride”. I suspect this domain name got a lot of traffic since the typical person looking for a Russian bride online can’t spell very well.
Believe it or not Romantic Tours, Inc. was awarded trademarks for both “Hot Russian Brides” and “HotRussianBrides.com” The company didn’t claim any additional rights to “Russian Brides” beyond hot ones, so presumably you could start a web site SexyRussianBrides.com or CheapRussianBrides.com. Just stay away from hot ones.
Someone should let Hotels.com know that it should use this trademark to bolster its argument that Hotels.com is more than just a descriptive name.