Our resident ICANN expert George Kirikos of Leap.com, just got hit with a UDRP on a 4 letter .com.
Not unlike the UDRP that went against BuyDomains.com this week for Faci.com, another complainant is playing the UDRP lottery by trying to grab the domain name Pupa.com
How generic is Pupa?
A search under Google for Pupa returns a wikipedia.org entry for the term in the 1st position.
Pupa is “A pupa (Latin pupa for doll, pl: pupae or pupas) is the life stage of some insects undergoing transformation. The pupal stage is found only in holometabolous insects, those that undergo a complete metamorphosis, going through four life stages; embryo, larva, pupa and imago. (For a list of such insects see Holometabolism).”
You can also see a ton of images for Pupa’s here
It also has an entry on britannica.com
The complainant is MICYS Company S.P.A. of Italy which has two Trademark dated April 28th 2008. The Trademark was filed in in 2003 and opposed in 2005 and granted in 2008.
One of MICYS trademark is for makeup products the other is for clothing, soaps and deodorants and travel bags.
The Italian company’s official site is pupa.it
There is another trademark on the term by another company as well.
The domain name itself is not parked, nor does it appear to be for sale.
The domain instead has information consistent with the wikipedia.org entry, actually carrying the dictionary term on the page.
As we have said before almost every dictionary word, two, three and four letter combination and every phrase or saying has been trademarked
The domain name was first registered in 2003.
On the first page of Google there is not one entry to the products of the trademark holder but there are suggestions for them on the bottom of the page.