I noticed an interesting UDRP filing I want to share with you. John P. Cusack filed a UDRP against JohnCusack.com. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and it is WIPO Case D2016-1460.
I presume the UDRP was filed by the American actor John Cusack, although this is not confirmed. The JohnCusack.com domain name has a registration date of April 13, 2003, and the domain name is currently registered under privacy, so I am unsure of who owns the domain name. At the present time, the domain name is parked, and there is a link at the top of the landing page that says "The domain johncusack.com may be for sale by its owner!"
Here is where things get a bit interesting. When I clicked the link, I was taken to a landing page announcing that the domain name is for sale for just $1,500. You can have a look at the landing page here: (more…) → Read More
A UDRP has been filed against the valuable GWG.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The UDRP is WIPO Case D2016-1420. The complainant in this UDRP proceeding is listed as GWG Holdings, Inc.
GWG.com is registered to an entity in Canada, and the domain name has a creation date of March 24, 1997. The earliest DomainTools Historical Whois record is from 2003, and it appears that the same entity that owned it at that point still owns this domain name. It is very possible that the registrant is the same as it was pre-2003, but DomainTools does not have archived historical records for this domain name earlier than 2003.
At the present time, GWG.com does not resolve for me. Archive.org shows the last use of the domain name was back in 2009, and the most recent screenshot from Screenshots.com is from 2007. At that time, the heading on the website was "General Web Group." Estibot lists the value of GWG.com at $96,000, and it is quite obvious that GWG.com is a valuable domain name.
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A UDRP has been filed against the Zero.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The complainant in this case is listed as CKL Holdings N.V. The Zero.com UDRP is WIPO Case D2016-1382.
When I saw the UDRP in the WIPO database, I had to do a double take. Zero.com was created back in June of 1992, nearly 25 years ago. The domain name looks like it is privately registered, as the registrant is listed as DNStination Inc. When I visited Zero.com today, the domain name only resolved to an ISP error page for me, although I am not sure if that changed as a result of the UDRP filing.
A Whois History search at DomainTools shows that the DNStination Inc. has been the registrant since at least early 2011. A search of NameBio shows that Zero.com "last sold for $329,420 on 2010-10-24 at SnapNames." I did a search of (more…) → Read More
I don't regularly see UDRPs filed against domain names owned by large corporations. It looks like a company has filed a UDRP against IMOD.com, a domain name owned by Qualcomm. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and it is UDRP case D2016-1327.
The IMOD.com domain name was created in April of 2002, although it had previously had been registered before that and later expired. According to DomainTools Whois History Tool, the earliest entry showing Qualcomm as registrant is from July of 2006. The previous Whois History entry is from 2005, so Qualcomm may have owned it before this date.
If you visit IMOD.com, you are taken to a Qualcomm Mirasol page within the Qualcomm website. I did a Google search for Qualcomm and IMOD to see what the relationship is, and I learned that IMOD stands for "interferometric modulation." You can read more about IMOD and Qualcomm's Mirosol technology on this page within the Qualcomm website.
The complainant in this UDRP filing is an entity (more…) → Read More
A UDRP has been filed against DeCecco.com at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It is WIPO Case D2016-1273. The complainant in this UDRP is listed as F.lli De Cecco S.p.A.
The DeCecco.com domain name sounded familiar to me because I was a bidder when it went to auction at NameJet in 2013. There were 42 bids placed in the auction from 29 bidders, and the domain name sold for a modest $505. A historical Whois search at DomainTools just prior to the original auction shows the registrant as "Pending Renewal or Deletion," so this leads me to believe it was an expired domain name auction at NameJet.
DeCecco.com was listed again in a private auction at NameJet in February of this year. The high bid in this most recent auction was (more…) → Read More
A UDRP has been filed against Bostonian.com. The complainant in this case is C & J Clark America Inc., which I believe owns the Bostonian shoe brand. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and it is WIPO Case D2016-1159.
Bostonian.com is an old domain name having been created in 1995. I don't regularly see UDRP cases involving domain names that are over 20 years old. I did a Whois history search, and the oldest historical Whois record at DomainTools is from 2000. At that point, the admin contact was someone in Washington. Although the Whois information was private for quite some time, the current registrant has the same last name as the admin contact in 2000 and is also located in Washington. My guess is that (more…) → Read More