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UDRP Filed on MusicMaker.com, a 1996 Registration

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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


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Match.Paris UDRP Filed

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I saw that a UDRP was filed on the Match.Paris domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). When I saw this UDRP on the main WIPO filing page, my first thought was that Match.com, the dating website, filed the UDRP. The UDRP was actually filed by Hachette Filipacchi Presse, a publishing company in France.

Hachette Filipacchi Presse is the publisher of a weekly news magazine called Paris Match. If you have ever been to Paris, you are probably familiar with this publication, which is sold on newsstands throughout the city and possibly the world.

As of right now, Match.Paris does not (more…) → Read More


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PHHH.com Subject of UDRP

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It looks like a UDRP was recently filed against the PHHH.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The complainant in this case is a company called PHH Corporation, and it is WIPO Case D2015-0825. The registrant of the domain name appears to be located in China.

My first thought is that this is a fairly valuable acronym .com domain name with three repeating letters, especially in today's market. I visited PHH.com, and it looks like that domain name is owned by PHH Corporation. Assuming this is the same company that filed the UDRP complaint, perhaps the company thinks there would be confusion between PHHH.com and PHH.com. That is more of a guess since the details of this UDRP case aren't public at this point.

If you visit PHHH.com right now, it seems to be (more…) → Read More


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WIPO Infographic on 2014 UDRP Filings

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I want to share a neat infographic that was published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The infographic illustrates a few facts about the year in UDRP filings for 2014, including the companies that filed the most UDRPs, the countries that had the most UDRP filings, and the top 5 areas of commerce that had UDRP filings.

The areas of commerce and countries from which the most UDRPs were filed were not all that surprising to me. Perhaps, I might have expected a greater percentage of filings from financial firms, but I can see why retail was so high (counterfeiters for example). I was a bit surprised about the companies that filed the most UDRP complaints. The top 5 companies were:


  • Philip Morris

  • Banco Bradesco

  • Swarovski

  • Lego

  • Electrolux



One aspect of the UDRP filing report I would be most interested in learning about is (more…) → Read More


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UDRP With 1,000+ Domain Names is a Milestone for WIPO

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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


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UDRP Filed on Squirrels.com

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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


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