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UDRP Filed Against ResidentAdvisor.com

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A UDRP has been filed against the ResidentAdvisor.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the complainant is listed as Resident Advisor Limited. This UDRP is WIPO Case D2016-1038.

ResidentAdvisor.com has a creation date of March 23, 2002, making it 14 years old. Historical Whois records show that the domain name had been created even before that, although I guess it dropped and was re-registered in 2002. A few years ago, ResidentAdvisor.com was owned by BuyDomains. According to NameBio, ResidentAdvisor.com was sold for $6,000 via Afternic in April of 2013. The domain name is currently privately registered.

If you visit ResidentAdvisor.com, (more…) → Read More


UDRP Filed Against XMY.com

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XMY.com UDRP

A UDRP has been filed against the three letter .com domain name XMY.com. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and it is WIPO Case D2016-0961. The complainant appears to be a Chinese entity and is listed as 福建省华世伟业信息科技股份.

XMY.com is currently registered at eName to a entity that appears to be based in China. The landing page for XMY.com is in Chinese, but I can see an English sentence on the page that says, "This domain name is for sale." XMY.com has a creation date of January 19, 2000.

I did a few historical Whois searches at DomainTools, and it looks like this domain name may have changed hands a few times since 2012. From what I see, the registrants since that time all appear to be based in China.

I did a Google search for the complainant, as listed in the WIPO database, and I couldn't find much information. This is likely due to my lack of knowledge of the Chinese language. As such, I am not sure what the complainant's connection to XMY.com is or why it believes → Read More


UDRP Filed Against CPM.com

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cpm.com udrp

According to UDRPSearch.com, a UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) for the valuable CPM.com domain name. NAF does not publish the name of the complainant before the decision is rendered, so I am not sure who filed the dispute. The UDRP is case #1672836, and it was commenced yesterday.

CPM.com is one of the oldest domain names in existence, with a creation date of November 11, 1990. The earliest historical Whois listing on DomainTools is from 2000, and it lists a company called (more…) → Read More


Outbound Marketing Shouldn’t Be Penalized

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In the Gekko.com UDRP decision I wrote about yesterday morning, the panelist wrote, "The Panel finds that Respondent’s offer to sell the disputed domain name to Complainant is not relevant as Respondent was first approached by Complainant to sell the disputed domain name." (emphasis added by me). This seems to imply that it would be relevant if the respondent had approached the complainant rather than the other way around. This bothers me.

One of my companies is called Top Notch Domains, LLC, and I have used TopNotchDomains.com for my website for 10 years. I would love to own TopNotch.com. Not only would it be easier for me to share, but it is easier for people to remember. It's also a valuable asset because there are so many companies called "Top Notch" something or other. I know the domain name has been owned for a very long time, so I don't even bother to inquire about it. I figure the owner is using it and perhaps it would be too expensive for me to buy.

That said, I would love it if the owner (more…) → Read More


Gekko.com UDRP: Complaint Denied

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A UDRP was filed against the Gekko.com domain name, which had a creation date of July 24, 2001. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and it is listed as Case No. D2016-0362. According to Wikipedia, a "Gekko is a genus of colorful and diverse Southeast Asian geckos commonly known as true geckos or calling geckos."

The complainant operates a boating company with the name Gekko, and it looks like that company presently uses GekkoSports.com for its website. The respondent apparently operates a company with the same name in a different market, and the domain name is currently parked. The UDRP decision was published this morning, and the complaint was denied. Most interestingly, both the complainant and respondent were self-represented.

There are a few aspects of the decision I would like to call out as I found them most interesting (all are found in the Rights or Legitimate Interests section of the decision): (more…) → Read More


UDRP Filed Against Bellhops.com, a Dictionary .com Domain Name

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When I check into a hotel with my family, I usually rely on the bellhops to help me unload my car (or cab) and take my belongings to my hotel room. Dictionary.com defines a bellhop as "a person who is employed, especially by a hotel, to carry guests' luggage, run errands, etc." According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) database, a company called Bellhops, Inc. filed a UDRP to try and wrest control of the Bellhops.com domain name. The UDRP is WIPO case D2016-0756.

As you might expect with a keyword .com domain name like this, Bellhops.com has been registered for a very long time - over 15 years. It was created back in 2000. The domain name has been privately registered since 2010, so I am not sure who owns Bellhops.com. Visiting the domain name forwards me to a different website. I believe this is a zero click landing page based on the url I saw in my browser.

My guess is that the complainant, which is listed on the UDRP page as (more…) → Read More


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