I was looking through the recent UDRP filings at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) when I came across a filing for the Squirrels.com domain name. The complainant in this case is appears to be a company called Squirrels LLC, and it is identified as WIPO Case D2014-1434.
When I visit the Squirrels.com domain name, I am redirected to another website, and it appears to be a forward based on my location. The current Whois information shows a (more…) → Read More
After receiving the daily Domain Name Decisions email from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), I saw that a UDRP has apparently been filed for the high value Porn.com domain name. The complainant in this UDRP filing is listed as MXN, Ltd. I would imagine this is the most valuable domain name that has ever been subject to a UDRP proceeding.
At the present time, Porn.com is registered under privacy protection. In mid-July, the Whois registrant organization was listed MXN Ltd. This would appear to be the complainant in the UDRP filing, which makes this case more interesting. A quick screenshot and nameserver search shows that the domain name appears to be resolving to the same website as it has been for quite some time.
According to an article on Business Insider, the Porn.com domain name was (more…) → Read More
I was reading through the new UDRP cases, and I saw that Zions Bancorporation filed a UDRP for ten new gTLD domain names. Zions Bancorporation is a holding company with several subsidiaries in the banking business. Related companies include Zions Bank, Amegy Bank of Texas, California Bank & Trust, National Bank of Arizona, Nevada State Bank, and several others.
The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the cost of the filing was $2,000, not including legal fees. The domain names appear to be registered by the same London-based registrant, which is why the company was able to file a UDRP for all of these domain names at one time.
The domain names that are subject to this particular (more…) → Read More
I was reading through the most recent UDRP filings at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and I saw that a UDRP was filed for the MSC.com domain name. On the WIPO page for this UDRP, the complainant in this action is listed as a company called MSC Mediterrean [sp?] Shipping Company Holding S.A. It appears that there may be a typo on the WIPO website because that is not how you spell Mediterranean.
Aside from the fact that this is a three letter .com domain name and there are many companies around the world that use the "MSC" initials, this UDRP filing is notable because this domain name sold for quite a bit of money in 2013. According to Ron Jackson's DNJournal sales report in December of 2013, MSC.com was reportedly sold for €35,000 via Sedo, which was approximately $47,600 USD. At the time of the report, that was the largest public sale of the week.
Since January of this year, MSC.com has been (more…) → Read More
This morning, I was looking through the recent UDRP filings at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and I saw an aggravating one that should almost certainly be denied, hopefully with a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking. The Ministre des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur (Department of International Relations) has filed a UDRP for the Quebec.com domain name.
Quebec.com is owned by Anything.com, Ltd., a company that owns a large portfolio of exceptional keyword domain names, including YL.com, YE.com, 10.com, and many others. The company has owned this domain name since for at least 10 years and probably much longer than that (Whois history records for this name stop in 2003 and it has a 1998 creation date). That almost certainly means that (more…) → Read More
I was checking out the recent UDRP filings at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and I saw that Chrysler filed a UDRP for almost 1,000 domain names. In total, there were 940 domain names listed in this single UDRP filing.
The domain names in question appear to contain the names of a number of Chrysler brands, including Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep. The domain names are in a variety of extensions, including com, net, info, mobi...etc.
I checked out a few of the domain names to see how they are being used, and the Fiat names I checked are forwarded to FiatSale.com and the Alfa Romeo names I checked are forwarded to AlfaRomeoSales.com. Interestingly, those two domain names appear to be registered to a car dealership. Neither one of these landing page domain names are included in the UDRP filing.
It will be interesting to see how this UDRP plays out. At $10/name that's almost $10k/year in domain names. → Read More