Chewy UDRP Illustrates What Brands Go Up Against

I was browsing through some recently filed UDRP cases, when a domain name popped out at me. A UDRP was filed against by Chewy at the World Intellectual Property Organization. It is WIPO case #D2022-3876.

On its own and without initially doing any background searching, the domain name sounds somewhat defensibly generic. I could see it being a blog about an American’s journey though the world or something like that. Compared to a more clearly infringing domain name like, does not seem super-infringing on a well-known brand name. There’s often more to the story, and this case is no different.

A couple of Google searches for that term showed me there is a pet food brand called American Journey. The matching domain name forwards to a page within the website. My guess is that American Journey is a brand owned by Chewy.

The fact that Chewy appears to have a brand called American Journey does not mean the domain name is infringing, though. It could be, but it all depends on the usage of the domain name. An American operating a blog about a journey they are on or took would likely be fair use for this domain name, in my opinion.

If you look at a screenshot from DomainTools, you can see why Chewy may have filed the UDRP. It looks like someone created a pet food related website with the title, American Journey. In addition, it looks like bags with the American Journey logo are shown on the landing page.

A Whois record at DomainTools shows was created in mid-August of this year. I would imagine Chewy received complaints about the domain name or the company’s IP enforcement team found it on its own.

I often see companies filing UDRPs because reportedly infringing domain names were used in phishing attacks or had infringing PPC links showing. I don’t know if there was any type of phishing involved here, but it looks like Chewy is unhappy with the fact that a similar domain name is being used in a manner that would suggest a relationship with the American Journey brand.

Quite a few brands abuse the UDRP system to take control of valuable domain names. In this case, I think Chewy is doing a good job protecting its brand and IP rights. I think this UDRP filing shows what brands are up against.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
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  1. slam dunk infringing STUPID STUPID on the part of the respondent. is certanly worth the annual price of renewal on its own intuitive nature.


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