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UDRP Filed on Areas.com


Another UDRP has been filed on what appears to me to be a descriptive keyword domain name. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) UDRP database, a UDRP was filed on the Areas.com domain name. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2015-1482.

The complainant in this UDRP is listed as AREAS, S.A. Whois records show that Areas.com is registered to a person (or maybe an entity) with an address in Spain. Historical Whois records seem to show that the domain name has been registered to the (more…) → Read More

UDRPs Filed on WI.com and IEC.com


I was looking through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website this afternoon, and I found what look to be two troubling UDRP filings. WIPO Case D2015-1469 is a UDRP for the three letter IEC.com domain name. WIPO Case D2015-1470 is a UDRP for the two letter WI.com domain name. Both of these domain names are clearly high value assets.

The registrant for IEC.com is listed as IEC Communications Ltd. The domain name has an under construction message at the top of the landing page with PPC links below. The complainant in this case is listed as IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission.

The registrant for WI.com is (more…) → Read More

UDRP Filed on MusicMaker.com, a 1996 Registration


I was looking through the recent UDRP filings at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and I saw that a UDRP was filed on MusicMaker.com. The case is WIPO Case D2015-1216, and the complainant is listed as MAGIX Software GmbH.

Whois records show that MusicMaker.com has a registration date of November 11, 1996. The current registrant of MusicMaker.com is listed as The Music Connection with a Virgina address. I did a historical Whois search using DomainTools, and the earliest Whois record the company has for this domain name is November of 2000, and the registrant is the same company that owns it today. I presume this company was also the registrant prior to 2000, but DomainTools doesn't have archived records prior to this 2000 record.

At the time of publication, MusicMaker.com resolves to (more…) → Read More

510PacificAve.com An Interesting UDRP


I noticed that an interesting UDRP was recently filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization for the 510pacificave.com domain name. It appears that the domain name is referencing a street address, 510 Pacific Ave. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2015-1105, and the complainant is listed as Lindeva Living Trust / Kim W. Lu Trustee.

The domain name was registered in September of 2014. According to the Whois database, the domain registrant is listed as (more…) → Read More

Important to Follow UDRP Proceedings


If you have a portfolio of domain name investments, I think it is important to follow UDRP filings and decisions at the World Intellectual Property Organization and National Arbitration Forum. Hopefully you will never have a UDRP filed against one of your domain names, but it is a good idea to understand how the proceedings work and what panelists look at when they are making a decision.

I would say the majority of UDRP filings are pretty cut and dry. People buy an obvious trademark typo or they buy the exact trademark of a well known brand in a different extension, and the company files a UDRP proceeding to take possession of the name in a prompt manner. I think that is why the UDRP process was created. For the most part, the UDRP panel is going to find in favor of the trademark holder. Oftentimes, the domain owner doesn't even spend the time or money even responding to the UDRP.

There are many UDRP filings that aren't nearly as (more…) → Read More

Sold at Auction in April, UDRP Filed on iPayments.com


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According to the UDRP database at the World Intellectual Property Organization, a UDRP was just filed for the iPayments.com domain name. Making this more interesting to me, the iPayments.com domain name was sold at a NameJet auction in April of 2015 for $1,877. There were 122 bids from 91 bidders in the auction.

The WIPO database shows that the UDRP was filed by a company called iPayment, Inc. I first visited iPayment.com and was forwarded to a website operated by a company called CORE Business Technologies, which I do not believe is related to the UDRP complainant. I did a Google search for iPayment, Inc. and the first result is (more…) → Read More

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