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.
Further, as noted by the panel, the registrant has been a frequent party/respondent in UDRP proceedings – with at least eleven (11) UDRP’s filed against him since 2012.
Specifically, the panel noted:
“[r]espondent has been ordered to transfer infringing domain names in at least eleven other UDRP disputes since October 2012. Nationstar Mortgage LLC v. Zhichao Yang, FA 1450754 (Nat. Arb. Forum October 10, 2012); State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Zhichao Yang, FA 1461251 (Nat. Arb. Forum October 16, 2012); Redcats USA v. Zhichao Yang, FA 1462454 (Nat. Arb. Forum October 10, 2012). Respondent has violated Policy ¶ 4(b)(ii) by engaging in a pattern of cybersquatting. Respondent’s prior UDRP proceedings resulting in findings of bad faith findings and transfers of the subject domain names evidences bad faith use and registration of the disputed domain names under Policy ¶ 4(b)(ii). See TRAVELOCITY.COM LP v. Aziz, FA 1260783 (Nat. Arb. Forum June 16, 2009) (‘These previous [UDRP] decisions demonstrate a pattern of bad faith registration and use of domain names under Policy ¶ 4(b)(ii).’).”
The domain names were the following: