Last month, the Walmart.Horse domain name was in the news as the company sent a cease and desist letter to Jeph Jacques, the owner of the domain name. Jacques, replied to the C&D letter, stating, "I would argue that Walmart.horse is an obvious parody and therefore falls under fair use."
It looks like the company has decided to take further action to get control of the Walmart.Horse domain name. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website, Wal-mart Stores filed a UDRP for the Walmart.Horse domain name. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2015-0714.
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According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website, Donald J. Trump has filed a UDRP for the Trump.NYC domain name. The UDRP is case #D2015-0293. Trump.NYC was registered in November of 2014.
Trump.NYC appears to be registered to a company based on Fifth Avenue in New York City. At the present time, the domain name resolves to a default GoDaddy landing page. There are PPC links on the page, but they appear to be pretty random.
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Milestone 30,000th WIPO #UDRP case filed today as brands continue to fight #cybersquatting: http://t.co/o2DM1fh1NY
— WIPO (@WIPO) November 17, 2014
The World Intellectual Property Organization reported that it received its 30,000th UDRP filing yesterday, and it is a fairly interesting UDRP given the sheer number of domain names that are a part of it. Apparently, Ebay was the company that filed this milestone UDRP, and the case involves well over 1,000 domain names (there were 1,153 domain names in total included in this filing).
The first ten domain names included in this UDRP filing offer a good look at the types of domain names that were the subject of the filing: (more…) → Read More
When I am at a domain conference, I don't generally attend the panels or keynote speeches. I go to conferences like TRAFFIC and Namescon to reconnect with friends and colleagues, meet with industry companies, and make new contacts. I very rarely attend the panels. There is one panel I would attend though: a Q/A with UDRP panelists.
A UDRP is a risk for any domain owner. Regardless of how defensible a domain name is (check out the Photo.com UDRP for an example), there aren't really any domain names that are immune to a UDRP filing. I think a UDRP on a descriptive domain name should be a "no brainer," but there are quite a few examples of a UDRP being ruled in favor of a complainant, despite the domain name's descriptive nature. Even when the correct decision is made, I think there are many UDRP decisions that are inconsistent. I suppose it is the nature of the system.
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According to the World Intellectual Property (WIPO) website, a UDRP was recently filed on the Tasers.com domain name. The UDRP is listed in the database as WIPO Case D2014-1492. It appears that the domain name is registered to a domain investor, and the UDRP was filed by TASER International, Inc.
The Tasers.com domain name was acquired for quite a bit of money, and it looks like it may have been sold publicly a couple of times. Three years ago, Michael Berkens reported "the domain name Tasers.com sold on NameJet.com for $12,900." In the same commented, Mike opined, "Its a interesting domain as Taser is trademarked many times over including by the manufacturer of the device." According to NameBio, the Tasers.com domain name had previously been sold on (more…) → Read More
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