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 domains resolved to sites posting adult content and the other domains were simply inactive. The panel explained that both types of conduct can be the basis for finding “bad faith” under the UDRP requirements, stating:
“[r]espondent has parked the Domain Names without using them and without submitting any evidence whatsoever of any good faith use of or intention to use the Domain Names. All these circumstances point to bad faith on the part of Respondent at the time of registration, and continued bad faith throughout its passive holding.”
This is a big win for Gucci and also a terrific demonstration of how knowledge of an infringement and the UDRP can be a conveniently used to police your brand and stop people from tarnishing it...