Taser International Files UDRP on Tasers.com
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 Sedo for $7,600.
When you visit the Tasers.com landing page, I see a form to submit an offer for the domain name. According to the landing page, the domain name was originally purchased to be used as a brand name. “Tasers.com could be the home of a business who needs a unique brand name. We initially purchased the name to brand our apparel company Tasers, but we settled on another name,” it says on the landing page.
TASER International is known for its “taser” self defense products, which are popular with law enforcement agencies. According to the USPTO, there are many trademarks for the “taser” term. In 2013, a UDRP was filed by Taser International for the Taser.com.au and Tasers.com.au domain names. The sole panelist ruled in favor of the company, and the domain names were transferred to Taser International.
The Tasers.com domain name is 15 years old, and it has a creation date of April 1, 1999. I am not sure why the company waited until 2014 to file a UDRP for this domain name. Perhaps we will learn more once the decision is made and the complainant filing is published.
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