BMA.com Hit With UDRP
When I think of the acronym, BMA, nothing really comes to mind off of the top of my head. Unfortunately for the owner of BMA.com, a company believes its rights supersedes that of the registrant, and it filed a UDRP for the domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization.
According to the WIPO UDRP database, a UDRP was filed for BMA.com very recently. The complainant is a company called Braunschweiger Maschinenanstalt AG, which I’ve never heard of before reading this. Based on the logo on its website, BMA-Worldwide.com, the company wishes to be known as BMA.
AcronymFinder.com lists 81 results for the “BMA” acronym (it does not include this company among its results). The TESS database at the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) lists 32 records for the term “BMA,” 13 of which are live. Other companies and organizations that use the BMA acronym include:
- Baltimore Museum of Art
- Business Marketing Association
- British Medical Association
- Baptist Missionary Association
- Banco Macro Sa (Stock symbol is BMA)
- Blue Mountain Artists
- Birmingham Museum of Art
- Boisselle Morton & Associates
- … Countless other companies using BMA initials
At the present time, BMA.com is parked with what appears to me to be an untargeted landing page. From my perspective, this would indicate the owner didn’t intentionally park the name to confuse visitors into thinking it is related to Braunschweiger Maschinenanstalt AG. There is also an advertising banner at the top that says “Bachelor of Musical Arts & More.”
I hope the domain owner has a good UDRP attorney.
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