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State Farm Loses BigStateFarmAgent.com UDRP

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State Farm, the very large insurance company, filed a UDRP against BigStateFarmAgent.com. The UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), and the respondent did not file a response to the UDRP. Surprisingly to me, the panelist ruled against State Farm and the domain name will be retained by the registrant.

The panelist did not find the domain name to be confusingly similar to State Farm’s trademark, and as a result, the UDRP failed. Because a UDRP requires a complainant to prove all aspects of the UDRP, the panelist did not discuss the issues of the domain name being registered and used in bad faith, nor did he discuss whether or not the domain registrant had legitimate rights and interests in the domain name.

RCC.com: UDRP Filed by Royal Caribbean

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Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. has filed a UDRP against the high value RCC.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The UDRP is WIPO Case D2019-1042. According to UDRP.Tools, there have only been two other UDRP filings involving LLL.com domain names so far in 2019.

.Club Announces Unlimited Name Blocking for TM Holders

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The .Club Registry announced a new DPML-like service to help trademark holders prevent domain names from being registered with their trademarks in them. The new service is called the Trademark Sentry Unlimited Name Blocking Service, and it is outlined in a press release that was published this morning. The registry also shared a video explaining how it works:

VK.app UDRP: Don’t Email TM Holders

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A UDRP was filed against the VK.app domain name at WIPO. The UDRP was filed by the company that operates a business on the VK.com domain name. A three member panel ruled in favor of the complainant in the UDRP, despite the fact that VK.app appears to me to be generic enough to be defensible.

RDNH Finding on TheSun.com UDRP

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Earlier in 2019, News Group Newspapers Limited filed a UDRP against TheSun.com, a seemingly generic (and quite valuable) domain name. A decision on this UDRP was made, and the three member WIPO panel ruled in favor of the domain registrant. In addition, the panel concluded “that the filing of the Complaint by the Complainant constitutes reverse domain name hijacking.

Micro.Center UDRP Spans the Dot

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A UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) against the Micro.Center domain name. The complainant in the UDRP is Micro Electronics, Inc., the company that operates on the MicroCenter.com domain name. The UDRP decision was published this morning, and the complainant won. The domain name will be transferred to the complainant unless the respondent opts to litigate.

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