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GLOO.com Subject of UDRP


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A UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization involving the valuable 4 letter GLOO.com domain name. The UDRP filing is listed on the WIPO website as case is WIPO Case D2017-0606.

GLOO.com (or perhaps simply Gloo.com because it is considered a pronounceable 4 letter domain name) was created in 1998. The domain name's Whois record had privacy on it until very recently, and perhaps the privacy was removed because of the UDRP. With the privacy removed, I can see the domain name is registered to an entity in Great Britain. Using DomainTools' handy Whois History Tool, I can see historical Whois records dating back to 2005. In the earliest record in 2005, it appears that the same entity owned the domain name. It is very possible the registrant owned it longer and perhaps even back in 1998 when the domain name was created. We'll have to wait and see the decision to learn more about the ownership.

When I visited Gloo.com, I saw a notice that the owner put the domain name up for sale recently. Here's an excerpt → Read More

Registered in 1996, Fenwicks.com is Subject of UDRP


Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 9.01.53 AMI saw an interesting UDRP filing I want to share with you. A UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization involving Fenwicks.com. The case is WIPO Case D2017-0579.

Fenwicks.com was registered in October of 1996, making this domain name more than 20 years old. The domain name appears to be privately registered until just recently, with privacy being removed likely because of the UDRP filing. Now that the Whois record is no longer private, I see that the domain name is registered to a registrant called Fenwick Associates. It appears that the last name of the person associated with this entity is Fenwick.

I used DomainTools Whois History Tool to see how long this entity was the registrant of the domain name. The first archived Whois record for this domain name is 2001. The registrant? Fenwick Associates. It looks like the same registrant has owned it since at least 2001 and almost certainly even longer. In fact, an Archive.org record from 1998 shows (more…) → Read More

LDW.com Subject of UDRP Proceeding


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A UDRP has been filed against LDW.com, a valuable three letter .com domain. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and it is WIPO case #D2017-0430. The complainant in this case is listed as LDW Software, LLC.

LDW.com is currently registered to a domain registrant with an address in China. From a DomainTools Whois History search, it looks like this registrant has owned the domain name since August of 2015. Prior to that, the domain name was briefly registered to a Gmail address, and it was privately registered prior to that.

Up through mid-2014, (more…) → Read More

UDRP Filed Against Lago.com


Lago.com UDRP

According to UDRPSearch.com, a UDRP has been filed against the valuable 4 letter Lago.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and it is WIPO case D2017-0206.

Lago.com was created over 20 years ago, in May of 1995. The Whois information for Lago.com is currently private. Using DomainTools Whois history search, I see that the domain name was registered to an entity called Lago Advisors, LLC back in 2012 before it went private. Despite the privacy protection on the Whois, I could still see the name of the registrant through mid 2015, and the same owner was listed. It is possible that the same entity still owns the domain name, although the Whois information is currently private and I don't know.

When I visited Lago.com this morning, I see a standard GoDaddy landing page. Using Archive.org, I can see that Lago.com had been used in the past by a company that had Lago in its name. A Screenshots.com entry from mid-2016 shows a password protected Wordpress page on Lago.com.
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Why Aren’t Domain Industry Lawyers UDRP Panelists?


One thing I noticed is that it seems there are UDRP panelists who either represent clients in UDRP proceedings or work at law firms that represent clients in UDRP proceedings. Based on my own recollection, I don't believe there are any domain name lawyers (who are also experienced in intellectual property law) who serve as a UDRP panelist.

When a domain owner has a domain name that is the subject of a UDRP proceeding, one would expect the UDRP panelist(s) to be experienced intellectual property attorneys. Understanding and having IP experience is necessary when considering cases involving IP-related issues.

That being said, I think every domain name investment industry lawyer has a background in intellectual property and trademark law. There are quite a few exceptional attorneys who regularly represent domain investor clients, and I don't understand why none of them seem to serve as panelists for WIPO or NAF UDRP cases.

UDRP panelists need to be neutral when serving, and I would imagine domain investment industry attorneys → Read More

Kion.com Subject of UDRP (Updated)



A UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for the Kion.com domain name. The UDRP complaint is listed as WIPO Case D2017-0025.

Kion.com is over 20 years old, having been registered in August of 1996. The current registrant of Kion.com is listed as "Kion Printing Inc." based in California. The DomainTools Whois History Tool shows that this company has been the registrant of Kion.com since at least 2001. DomainTools doesn't have an archived record from before 2001, so it is very likely the company has owned the domain name for even longer that this.

At the time of publication, Kion.com does not resolve for me, and I am sent to an ISP error page. Archive.org seems to indicate that the domain name hasn't had a website since 2010. Estibot says this 4 letter aged .com domain name is worth $19,000.

The complainant in this UDRP is an entity called KION Material Handling GmbH. (more…) → Read More

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