A number of companies owned my Michael Gleissner are filing questionable trademark applications, including ones that match domain names he doesn’t own.
Back in 2014, I wrote about the Trademark King. Trademark King was an Indiana business that attempted to trademark the domain names of famous companies, such as Twitter.com and Porsche.com.
It was a hair-brained attempt by someone who clearly didn’t understand how U.S. trademarks work.
Now there’s a similar situation, and it hits a bit closer to home.
I started to look into this when UDRPs were recently filed on seemingly generic or dictionary words, like Apollo.com and Zero.com. George Kirikos sent some interesting information to me about these bizarre cases, and it came to a fore again this week when a couple of UDRP decisions were published.
The Apollo.com UDRP was filed by Fashion One Television Limited and Zero.com was filed by CKL Holdings N.V., and both UDRPs were subsequently dropped.
Both companies list Michael Gleissner as Director. Gleissner is a frequent domain name buyer through his company Bigfoot.
CKL has two other UDRPs pending for domains. Two of Gleisnner’s other companies, American Franchise Marketing Limited and China Capital Brands Limited, have also filed UDRPs.
Bigfoot Ventures LLC lost two UDRPs that were published this week, which brought my attention back to this issue. The two UDRPs were for BubblingBeats.com and Slized.com. The panel in BubblingBeats.com considered reverse domain name hijacking, noting that Barefoot should have known that some of its arguments on “bare assertions” would fail. But the domain owner didn’t respond to the case, and the panelist didn’t find RDNH. Click here to continue reading…