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Interesting UDRP Decision: Giordana.com

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When I initiailly saw the UDRP filing for the Giordana.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization, my first thought was that Giordana was a girl's name. This was bolstered by the fact that Giordana.com forwards Giordana.it, and there is a photo of a dog on the Giordana.it landing page. People give their pets "real" names, and I initially thought this might be the case.

Before writing an article about the UDRP filing as I tend to do when I see a keyword or common term .com as the subject, I did some background searching via Google. Most of the top results were for one company called Giordana, and the complainant in this UDRP case was the company's founder. I couldn't find much to support my assumption that Giordana is a common Italian first name. Additionally, I saw that a UDRP had been filed for this domain name in 2014, and the complainant lost.

The most recent UDRP was decided a few days ago, and I found the decision to be interesting. In this decision, the sole panelist found in favor of the complainant, → Read More


UDRP Filed Against Lago.com

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Lago.com UDRP

According to UDRPSearch.com, a UDRP has been filed against the valuable 4 letter Lago.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and it is WIPO case D2017-0206.

Lago.com was created over 20 years ago, in May of 1995. The Whois information for Lago.com is currently private. Using DomainTools Whois history search, I see that the domain name was registered to an entity called Lago Advisors, LLC back in 2012 before it went private. Despite the privacy protection on the Whois, I could still see the name of the registrant through mid 2015, and the same owner was listed. It is possible that the same entity still owns the domain name, although the Whois information is currently private and I don't know.

When I visited Lago.com this morning, I see a standard GoDaddy landing page. Using Archive.org, I can see that Lago.com had been used in the past by a company that had Lago in its name. A Screenshots.com entry from mid-2016 shows a password protected Wordpress page on Lago.com.
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UDRP Filed Against CQC.com Domain Name

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A UDRP has been filed against the high value CQC.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This is WIPO Case D2017-0129. I believe it is the first UDRP filed against a three letter .com (LLL.com) so far in 2017.

CQC.com is currently registered to Earthlink, the IT services and communications company headquartered in Atlanta. I am not sure if the domain name is owned by Earthlink or if it is owned by a customer. When I visited CQC.com today, it showed a MyEarthlink landing page.

CQC.com was created in October of 1997, making the domain name nearly 20 years old. Domain names like this have been very popular in China, especially with the repeating letter C. Estibot values this domain name at over $150,000. I am not sure how accurate this figure is, but I would imagine the domain name would sell for high 5 or low 6 figures, although the Chinese market is not my area of expertise.

The complainant in this UDRP filing is a company (more…) → Read More


Why Aren’t Domain Industry Lawyers UDRP Panelists?

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One thing I noticed is that it seems there are UDRP panelists who either represent clients in UDRP proceedings or work at law firms that represent clients in UDRP proceedings. Based on my own recollection, I don't believe there are any domain name lawyers (who are also experienced in intellectual property law) who serve as a UDRP panelist.

When a domain owner has a domain name that is the subject of a UDRP proceeding, one would expect the UDRP panelist(s) to be experienced intellectual property attorneys. Understanding and having IP experience is necessary when considering cases involving IP-related issues.

That being said, I think every domain name investment industry lawyer has a background in intellectual property and trademark law. There are quite a few exceptional attorneys who regularly represent domain investor clients, and I don't understand why none of them seem to serve as panelists for WIPO or NAF UDRP cases.

UDRP panelists need to be neutral when serving, and I would imagine domain investment industry attorneys → Read More


Reverse Domain Name Hijacking Ruling in MEZ.com UDRP

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In September of last year, a UDRP was filed against the Mez.com domain name. This afternoon, I learned via an update on UDRPSearch.com that the UDRP was denied. I later learned that the panel also ruled that this was a case of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH).

The registrant of the domain name was represented by attorney Jason Schaeffer of the ESQWire law firm in New Jersey. In my opinion, ESQWire is one of the top law firms representing domain name owners in UDRP and other domain name defense cases.

Although I asked for and received a copy of the UDRP provided by attorney Schaeffer, the decision has not yet been published on the WIPO website. I uploaded a pdf of the decision here.

The UDRP was initiated by a Swiss company called George Mez AG shortly after the complainant submitted an offer of $600 to buy the domain name. The company also apparently mentioned its MEZ trademarks in the purchase discussion. From my perspective, three letter .com domain names have been worth beyond three figures for over a decade, and → Read More


Kion.com Subject of UDRP

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A UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for the Kion.com domain name. The UDRP complaint is listed as WIPO Case D2017-0025.

Kion.com is over 20 years old, having been registered in August of 1996. The current registrant of Kion.com is listed as "Kion Printing Inc." based in California. The DomainTools Whois History Tool shows that this company has been the registrant of Kion.com since at least 2001. DomainTools doesn't have an archived record from before 2001, so it is very likely the company has owned the domain name for even longer that this.

At the time of publication, Kion.com does not resolve for me, and I am sent to an ISP error page. Archive.org seems to indicate that the domain name hasn't had a website since 2010. Estibot says this 4 letter aged .com domain name is worth $19,000.

The complainant in this UDRP is an entity called KION Material Handling GmbH. (more…) → Read More


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