Reserved three letter .link domains won’t be suspended.
Frank Schilling’s North Sound Names, the company under which he registers premium domains in his new TLDs, has defended two such domain names from a URS filed by IBM.
IBM filed a Uniform Rapid Suspension case against the domain names DB2.link and AIX.link.
North Sound, with the help of attorney John Berryhill, successfully convinced the URS panelist that it registered the domain names as part of a collection of three letter domain names rather than to infringe IBM’s marks. It pointed out that multiple companies use DB2 and AIX in their names or as acronyms.
The panel noted that IBM’s rights in the terms relate only to specific products and services. They are not universal.
The parked pages for the domains don’t seem to be targeting IBM’s usage, either.
As a result, IBM lost the cast.