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 National Arbitration Forum last week denied a complaint brought by the motorcycle parts/accessories company REVZILLA that had brought a complaint against its competitor POWERSPORTS LLC for their registration and use of the domain name www.partzilla.com. The case was decided solely on the "similarity" issue where the panel reasoned, very thoughtfully, that the REVZILLA name/mark was simply not close enough to PARTZILLA, and that the similarity of a common suffix was not enough in this case to carry the day.
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.
The well-known toy company LEGO Juris A/S filed a UDRP complaint on March 7, 2013 with the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) against the holders of the domain name
On May 1, 2013, a three-member Panel of the National Arbitration Forum (“NAF”) denied a UDRP claim brought on April 1, 2013 by Dr. Daniel Taheri of the LA Laser Center, P.C. (“Complainant”) against an entity listed as EMC2 (“Respondent”) over the domain name
Last week a Federal District Court threw out a lawsuit brought against ICANN on the basis that the asserted .WEB trademark was generic and therefore not subject to trademark protection. The case is important because the Court commented on the new gTLD program and reasoned that only "famous" names and brands would qualify as "trademarks" in the new .anything world, essentially mirroring precedent that has held the .com, .biz, and .info TLDs as generic terms or place identifiers.
Combining Foreign Language Terms Not Enough To Distinguish www.thegioilego.com From LEGO Mark Under UDRP Law
In LEGO Juris A/S v. Le Thi Kim Phuong, a WIPO Arbitration panel found that the Respondent who had registered the domain name www.thegioilego.com was in violation of UDRP Policy because "the addition of generic or highly descriptive wording is 'typically regarded as insufficient to prevent threshold Internet user confusion.'"