Pinterest, Inc. filed a UDRP back in June against two domain name PinSex.com and PinGay.com
Before you check out the two domains subject to the UDRP, I should mention that you better be over 18 and have a strong tolerance for some serious adult material that appears immediately as soon as the sites load.
The domain names are fully developed adult sites and which are not commonly the types of domains that get hit with a UDRP: parked pages, sites which use adsense, gripe sites, domains that do not resolve.com and domains that are for sale,
It would appear that Pinterest is basing its UDRP claim on the word Pin combined with another dictionary word and “sex” and “gay”.
Unfortunately unlike court cases, pleadings to UDRP cases are not public so we will have to wait until the decision comes out to see what the WIPO panel has to say, but for now it appears that Pinterest thinks its has rights to any site with pictures and/or videos that at least starts with the word “Pin”
We will let you know how this one turns out.
The case number is D2014-1067 and was filed on June 21.
I knew this case would come in useful to someone http://www.novagraaf.com/en/news?newspath=/NewsItems/en/pinterest-loses-right-to-use-trademark-in-europe THIS case shows that they do NOT have a Universal right, nor should they.
Andrew Allemann says
Pinterest has a trademark for Pin, and although I haven’t looked, I imagine these sites are basically copies.
“you once thought you and Facebook or MySpace would be together forever, but eventually terms of service change, end-user license agreements mature, and, well, you’re just not in the same place anymore”.
Domenclature.com will soon be launching:
The service that will help folks quit whatever social, website, service they need to quit.
@ Anrew, I don’t agree, since I loosely follow Pinterest’s suit against
from last year. But is is American values – right? – to use the law to beat down prospective rivals, if you possibly can. Is that not the American Way? Correct me if I am wrong . . .
Pintrips (a company local to me) filed a motion to dismiss, for the reason Mike says, that “Pinterest thinks its has rights to any site with pictures and/or videos that at least starts with the word ‘Pin.'”, in a way characterized as “David vs Goliath.” The motion states:
“Pin” is not protectable because it is a generic.”
– Pintrips Motion to Dismiss 2014-01-06 DI 016
Techcrunch notes Pinterest doesn’t go after Microsoft, Goole, and Facebook over use of the word, “pin,” in its review of the case. See this table comparison:
“to use the law to beat down prospective rivals, if you possibly can. Is that not the American Way?”
Sorry I was being cynical, because of the recent headline that Apple makes its patent application wording for Touch ID general with indefinite terms like, “accessories,” “components,” “devices,” “equipment,” “materials,” “parts,” “systems” or “products.” It wants to block competition.
USPTO Refuses Apple Trademark Application on Touch ID
Here is the table comparison:
Judge: Pinterest can’t force Pintrips to change names