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Verizon Changes Tactics: Files UDRP Complaints Instead of Lawsuits

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Verizon is known to fiercely protect it's trademarks, and they've done so using the US Court system in the past. In 2008 Verizon filed lawsuits against companies like Navigation Catalyst and OnlineNic citing the Lanham Act (cybersquatting ).

With its litigious reputation, I was surprised to see that the company opted to file UDRP disputes at the World Intellectual Property Organization, in lieu of filing lawsuits. As of the present time, Verizon has at least two UDRP complaints pending and a recent victory for domain names that include (among others):


  • verizoin.com

  • verizonswireless.com

  • verizonwieless.com

  • verizoon.com

  • verizopn.net

  • versizon.net

  • vewrizon.net

  • virazon.com

  • verion.com


Filing a lawsuit can be an expensive endeavor, and while federal law dictates that penalties up to $100k for each domain name may be given, the fact that respondents do not appear to be US-based may have been the rationale for using this mediation procedure rather than filing suit.

As mentioned above, Verizon won a $30+ million → Read More