Oakley, Inc. ("Oakley"), the maker of some very popular and trendy sunglasses, has also become a trend-setter in the area of UDRP law where it has been involved in two important decisions in the last few weeks. First, Oakley lost a UDRP decision last month for the domain name www.myfakeoakleysunglasses.com. In that case, the panelist Mr. Houston Putnam Lowry [...]
Gucci recently won a UDRP (Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy) against a China based cyber-squatter that had registered all sorts of interesting domains that incorporated the GUCCI trademark. Some of the 197 domains included marks such as YAHOO and FORD, along with common descriptive terms like wallet, live, real, sale, etc... 20 of the [...]
Earlier this week the NAF issued a decision over the domain name www.aspenheights.com denying the complaint on the basis that there was no evidence of bad faith.
In a UDRP decision issued yesterday Time Warner Cable won transfer of 50 domain names that were deemed similar to the TIME WARNER marks. The decision was pretty clear cut. The registrant, Mr. Zhichao Yang of China had put up a bunch of advertising links on the associated webpages (all the ones that we checked out), all of which related to Time Warner and its business.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) recently denied a UDRP complaint over the domain name www.yu.com. The Complainant brought the action against the registrant (an individual in China) who had owned the domain since November 2006. The case is noteworthy mostly for the events surrounding it -
Chess great Gary Kasparov has filed a UDRP action with the National Arbitration Forum over four domain names: www.kasparov2014.com, kasparov2014.net, kasparov2014.info, kasparov2014.org.
In a fascinating UDRP decision a WIPO panel denied a complaint filed by Samsung over the domain name www.samsunghub.com. The case is noteworthy mostly because of the reasoning provided by the Panel concerning “bad faith” activities and the Respondent’s use of the Google AdSense program to generate advertising fees.
Tumblr.com (“Tumblr”) has been in the news a lot lately. After being purchased by Yahoo! for $1.1 billion a couple of weeks ago, it recently prevailed in a domain name arbitration dispute.
Vitamin Shoppe Indus., (Complainant) the owners of the trademark THE VITAMIN SHOPPE in the U.S. (and all over the world) lost a UDRP decision before the National Arbitration Forum ("NAF") over the domain name www.koshervitaminshoppe.com which is owned by Kosher Vitamin Express.
There is a robust market for tips, hacks, cheats, links and end-arounds of all sorts for popular online games all over the Internet. There are hundreds of Facebook pages and youtube videos devoted to users who like to participate and follow-up on the latest ways to hack a game.
Missoni S.p.A., an Italian company that makes fashionable clothing and accessories recently won a WIPO UDRP decision for the domains
The UDRP is focused on providing a remedy for those instances where a third party is squatting on a trademark holders' rights. To that end, it is not a remedy for all situations where parties have a dispute concerning the proper use of a domain name that is the subject of a contract or trademark license.
There has been a lot of press around Walmart's upcoming 50th Anniversary. The company has put out a lot of press about the Anniversary, including a website at www.walmart50.com that talks about the history of Walmart, an Associate story book, timeline and other interesting aspects of the company.
A recent UDRP decision raised an interesting issue regarding how to proceed when the Respondent's name is part of an identity theft scheme and the real domain registrant is not known. In Morgan Stanley v. John Doe the dispute concerned the domain name
The UDRP decision by a National Arbitration Forum panel concerning the domain www.umichregents.com is an interesting case-in-point for how bad faith can be found in many different forms.