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A UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) over the domain name. This is WIPO Case D2018-0168.

According to, "Rioja is arguably Spain's top wine region and is one of only two regions classified under the Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa) system. Its two most important red grapes are Tempranillo and Garnacha." The domain name was created in November of 1996, making the domain name more than 20 years old. The domain name is registered under Whois privacy and has been like that for more than 5 years, so I am unsure about who owns the domain name. is parked with pay per click advertising links related to the region and some other unrelated links. There should not be (more…) → Read More Decision is Good but Highlights Outbound Risk


Earlier today, WIPO published the UDRP decision. The complaint was denied and the domain owner (Microstrategy) will get to keep the domain name. This is great because is a high value domain name (they paid $115,000 in 2003 and it is worth substantially more today) that is generic in nature.

From my vantage point, the decision should have been pretty much a no brainer. is a meaningful one word .com domain name that could be used by any number of companies called Glory. There are literally companies throughout the world known as Glory, and many of these would likely have a similar claim to the name as the complainant tried to prove. That being said, there was something a bit concerning in the UDRP decision that I look at as cautionary:

"This Panel’s finding is also supported by the fact that Respondent undisputedly never attempted itself to contact Complainant with the offer to sell the disputed domain name, but that Respondent quietly held the disputed domain name for 13 years. "

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UDRP Filed Against, Which is in Auction


A couple of days ago, I noticed that was in pending delete status and headed to auction. is a domain name that previously (up until deletion) was home to a website operated by intellectual property attorney Stevan Lieberman of Greenberg and Lieberman. When I noticed the status of the domain name, I reached out to Stevan to see what happened and learned it was an error.

The domain name is currently in a private auction at SnapNames. Stevan told me he contacted to pull the auction because of the registered trademark claim and his company's ongoing use but that refused to do so. Apparently the domain name went to auction without intervention.

This afternoon, Stevan filed (more…) → Read More

PDD .com Story is Eye Opening


Someone shared a story on NamePros about the alleged purchase of, and it is eye opening.​. From what I understand, it looks like the buyer agreed to buy for $42,000, used to transact, had the domain name in his Network Solutions account for a brief period of time, instructed to release the funds, and then had the domain name removed from his Network Solutions account. It is eye opening and probably something every domain investor fears.

I quickly scanned the thread and took a look at the ownership history of using the invaluable DomainTools Whois History Tool. For quite some time, it looks like the registrant email address was first initial last name That is what the current Whois record shows as well. At some point in late October or early November, the Whois email address changed to an address. It looks like the other fields stayed the same. This is a red flag. A second red flag would be the alleged seller's email address not matching the Whois email → Read More

Fewer UDRP Filings in 2017 at WIPO


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) updated its database yesterday afternoon, and it is now showing UDRP filings for 2018. This indicates that the 2017 UDRP filings are all added, and based on this assumption, the number of UDRP filings at WIPO decreased in 2017.

In 2016, a record number of UDRP filings were made at WIPO. By the end of the year in 2016, a total of 2,653 UDRPs were filed against domain names. In comparison, last year (2017) there were 2,603 UDRP filings at WIPO. This difference is approximately 2% year over year.

The 2017 figure is still larger than the 2,378 UDRP filings in 2015 and the 2,288 UDRP filings in 2014. These figures do not include UDRP filings at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) or other UDRP providers.

I am not really sure what caused the (more…) → Read More

UDRP Filed Against’s Domain Name


I noticed what seems like a bit of a peculiar UDRP filing at the World Intellectual Property Organization. A UDRP was filed against the domain name. The case is WIPO Case D2017-2577.

There are a couple of reasons I found this UDRP peculiar and notable. The "direct booking" keyword seems pretty generic to me. Of course, intellectual property can involve generic terms, but this one seems particularly generic.

The other aspect that jumped out at me is that the only "booking" brand I know about is The company has spent a ton of money on marketing, and it is the first and only company I think about when I think of the word booking. Interestingly, is the (more…) → Read More

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