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Rioja.com Subject of UDRP at WIPO

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

According to Vivino.com, "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 Rioja.com 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.

Rioja.com is parked with pay per click advertising links related to the region and some other unrelated links. There should not be (more…) → Read More


Glory.com Decision is Good but Highlights Outbound Risk

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Earlier today, WIPO published the Glory.com UDRP decision. The complaint was denied and the domain owner (Microstrategy) will get to keep the Glory.com domain name. This is great because Glory.com 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. Glory.com 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 DigitalCandy.com, Which is in Auction

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A couple of days ago, I noticed that DigitalCandy.com was in pending delete status and headed to auction. DigitalCandy.com 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 Web.com to pull the auction because of the registered trademark claim and his company's ongoing use but that Web.com 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

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Someone shared a story on NamePros about the alleged purchase of PDD.com, and it is eye opening.​. From what I understand, it looks like the buyer agreed to buy PDD.com for $42,000, used Escrow.com to transact, had the domain name in his Network Solutions account for a brief period of time, instructed Escrow.com 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 PDD.com using the invaluable DomainTools Whois History Tool. For quite some time, it looks like the registrant email address was first initial last name @pdd.com. 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 @gmail.com 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

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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 Booking.com’s DirectBooking.com Domain Name

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I noticed what seems like a bit of a peculiar UDRP filing at the World Intellectual Property Organization. A UDRP was filed against the DirectBooking.com 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 Booking.com. 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, Booking.com is the (more…) → Read More


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