Why Did Philip Morris Spend $1,500 To File A UDRP On Buying-Tax-Free-Marlboro-Cigarettes.com?

Philip Morris USA Inc,  just won the rights to the domain name buying-tax-free-marlboro-cigarettes.com in a  UDRP. The fact that the corporate giant won the domain is no surprise,  but I have no idea of why the company would spend $1,500 in just filing fees to get control of a horrible domain name with 4 hyphens. According to Screenshots.com,  the only page they have indexed is a placeholder … [Read more...]

UDRP Panel Refused To Find RDNH Despite Finding TM Holder Failed To Disclose & Misrepresented

The majority of a three member UDRP refused to find Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) despite the fact they found the complainant failed to disclose a previous relationship between  the parties and a previous UDRP between the domain holder and the former company that the trademark holder acquired. The majority of the panel also found that the complaint's failure to disclose a previous UDRP … [Read more...]

Beiersdorf AG, Hamburg, Germany Guilty Of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

Beiersdorf AG, which is located in Hamburg, Germany has just been found guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) on the domain name BeiersdorfChina.com They were represented by in-house counsel In this case the Respondent is Beiersdorf (Tianjin) Petrochemical Co., Ltd., which is located in Tianjin, China. The decision was issued in Chinese and I used Google translate to turn it … [Read more...]

Be Warned: WIPO Taking Screenshots When A UDRP Is Filed & Giving It To Panel & Why Its A Problem

WIPO has been taking Screenshots of whatever is on a domain name as soon as a UDRP Is filed and they have been furnishing the screenshot to the UDRP panel who has been taking the screenshot into account as evidence in making their determination. This revelation came to light by  John Berryhill who read the following sentence in the recent 4Chan.com UDRP decision: "The Center generated, as it … [Read more...]

INTA Issues 6 Month Bulletin on Results of URS Cases

The International Trademark Association (INTA) issued what it called a 6 month  Bulletin on the results of cases filed under the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) procedure. INTA says that a total of 92 URS cases have been filed to date 88 with the National Arbitration Forum in the United States (NAF) and four with the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) in Hong … [Read more...]

17 Year Old TVS.com Saved in UDRP Against $4 Billion Company That’s Going Into Domain Hall Of Shame

TV Sundram Iyengar and Sons Limited of Madurai of India represented by DePenning & DePenning, just lost its attempt to grab the 17 year old domain name TVS.com The domain owner P.A. Gordon was represented by ESQwire.com which won its second UDRP of the day, Congrats to Ari and Jason. The panel had a very good discussion of latches and while the decision did not rest on latches the delay in … [Read more...]

Vertical Axis Beats Back UDRP On Ritchey.com

Vertical Axis Inc. represented by Ari and Jason at ESQwire.com, just beat back a UDRP on the domain name Ritchey.com The complaint was brought by Ritchey Design, Inc. of Nevada which is a "company specializing in bicycle components established in 1974 which has registrations for RITCHEY in the US, Canada and the European Community for bicycle components and distributes in over 40 countries, … [Read more...]