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UDRP Filed Against CPM.com


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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


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


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


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

Why Merlin’s UDRP Win is Frustrating


Earlier today, Andrew Allemann published an article about Merlin Kauffmann's successful UDRP defense of the FiberStar.com domain name. In this UDRP proceeding, he was represented by domain attorney John Berryhill.

I am glad to see that Merlin's company won this UDRP. I am also glad to see language in the UDRP decision that favors people who own domain names as investments. I especially thought this was most relevant to people who invest in domain names: (more…) → Read More

UDRP Filed Against Patricks.com


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A UDRP has been filed against the Patricks.com domain name. The complainant is listed as a company called Patricks Universal Export Pty Ltd. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and it is WIPO Case D2016-0653.

A Whois record shows that Patricks.com was originally registered in December of 1997. The domain name is currently parked, and I presently see advertising related to family tree, genealogical records, and other advertising links related to family history. It looks like many other extensions are also registered with the keyword "patricks," not including other domain names that have the word "patricks" in them. Interestingly, Patricks.net is a website for a locksmith called Patrick's and Patricks.org is a website for a band called Saint Patricks Pipe Band.

Historical Whois records dating back to as far as 2001 show a registrant with the same address and last name as the current registrant. It is very likely that (more…) → Read More

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