Hockey team filed complaint 23 years after the domain was registered.
The Chicago Blackhawks hockey team has won a cybersquatting dispute it brought against the owner of the Blackhawks.com domain name.
The hockey team filed the dispute with World Intellectual Property Organization after inquiring about buying the domain. The domain registrant replied that the domain was “a six figure name”, at which point the Blackhawks filed the dispute.
There are a few factors that could have weighed against the hockey team in the dispute. First, the domain was registered in 1995 and the team didn’t file a complaint until over 20 years later. Second, the parked page on the domain doesn’t have links related to hockey. Finally, trying to buy a domain name before filing a dispute can show that the complainant realizes it doesn’t have a cybersquatting case.
However, the domain owner didn’t respond to the allegations.
The domain will be transferred to the NHL team in 10 days unless the domain owner files a lawsuit.
Dumitru Brinzan says
I never understood this: why not put a placeholder landing page with some information about birds?
Why keep it parked?
Holding premium domain URLs and making no legitimate use, commercial or non-commercial, is becoming more and more dangerous. Berkens warned ALL domain speculators back in 2017 on his platform to STUDY TM law basics. I went so far as to register and complete a TM Law class at the law school in my area last spring.
Blackhawks.com was a possible seven figure domain name, could have been the top sell of 2018 and the registrant didn’t respond!
Is the registrant dead?
Hmm, something doesn’t quite add up. Surely there must have been a Registrant underneath the Privacy ???
So WHO actually owned the domain ?. Was it Moniker themselves ,and maybe they just “took it over” from someone who didn’t renew it ?.
Andrew Allemann says
Very odd because Jon K. has defended complaints in the past and won.
Maybe a short interview Andrew as to why no response?
C.S. Watch says
Lawrence K. Nodine simply didn’t have the honor to uphold the law.
Specifically, “the domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith.” Is it a historical person’s name, which dates back 250 years?* Yes. Is ‘blackhawks’ used by many parties, including many other sports teams?** Yes.
So no BFReg. Is he hawking hockey? No, so no BFUse.
Nodine natters on about helicopters (no standing) and conniving (no grounds) to cover his cowering. He’s fooling no one. This is a bog standard maneuver by seniors to justify bed and board at one’s firm (here Ballard Spahr, Atlanta), by scratching corporate clients’ backs. He’d need to exercise a little more “sleight of hand” to spare himself shame in federal court. It’s the work of a self-serving coward, and I hope the registrant has the resources to obtain his just deserts: a 100K+ award for this violation of the US Code.
*The Chicago Blackhawks are an ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL). They were formed in 1926, named after the 333rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 86th Infantry Division during World War I which was nicknamed the “Blackhawk Division”. The division was named after Chief Black Hawk, a native American leader.
Bajrangi lal says
Indisafe.com is available for purchase at godaddy auction
After UDRP, the advantages of filing a federal lawsuit against the CBHs are tremendous
someone is sleeping at the wheel…