Company wanted G81.com domain name but the panelist says the clothing company tried to mislead it.
A National Arbitration Form panel has found clothing company Guess (NYSE:GES) to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name G81.com.
Guess filed a complaint arguing that the owner of the domain name was cybersquatting with the domain name. The owner of the domain name bought it, as well as many other three character domain names, as an investment. At the same time he acquired the domain he also acquired g83.com and g87.com.
The owner of G81.com said he had never heard of Guess’ G81 mark, which Guess says it has been using on its clothing since at least 2001. You can understand why the domain owner couldn’t find it; search for G81 on Google and you won’t find Guess on the first page. Amusingly, search for G81 on Guess.com and you’ll get this result:
The domain owner also called three Guess stores and the company’s national call center to inquire about the product and was told that they don’t carry a product by that name.
He asked the complainant to show him how the brand was being used and was stonewalled.
In finding reverse domain name hijacking, the panelist noted: Click here to continue reading…