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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.

Legal Threat Within GoDaddy Auction

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The top publicly reported domain name sale of the day this past Saturday was the auction for ChefD.com. The domain name sold for $11,850, as reported in a tweet from NameBio on Sunday morning:

JudyGarland.com and .net Subject of UDRP (Updated)

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According to the WIPO UDRP database, a UDRP has been filed against JudyGarland.com and JudyGarland.net. The UDRP was filed by The Trustees of the Judy Garlands Heirs Trust. The case is WIPO Case D2019-0789. Judy Garland was an American actress who died in 1969. I think this UDRP has the potential to be interesting.

Buying Stadia (or Other New TM) Domains Makes No Sense to Me

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This week, Google announced a new gaming platform called Stadia. As I observed shortly after the news was announced, Google smartly acquired the brand match Stadia.com domain name in advance of the announcement. I did not notice other Stadia-related domain names registered by Google at the time I wrote my article, but the company appears to have registered many domain names in ccTLD and new gTLD extensions in the hours and days since. Ten of the Stadia domain names registered by Google (via DNStination Inc.) include:

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