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NameSummit Conference to be Held in NYC in November

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The NameSummit conference, which was held for the first time last August, has been scheduled for November 5th and 6th. The conference, which is being organized by Steven Kaziyev and attorney Jason Schaeffer of ESQwire.com, will be held at the Westin Times Square hotel in New York City. This year's conference was originally scheduled for the first week in August, but it was rescheduled to November after receiving feedback from attendees who preferred a conference in the Fall rather than during the Summer.

NameSummit was well received last year, as you can read in the DNJournal recap article. The conference featured an array of speakers covering domain investing, law, branding, social media, and other topics that would be of interest to domain investors.

Following the inaugural NameSummit conference last year, Steven and Jason hosted a Real Estate Summit event in New York City with a bit of a different format than NameSummit. Jason explained that they are going to use some of what they learned hosting the real estate event to → Read More


RDNH Finding in AquaFX.com UDRP

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A finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) was been made in a UDRP filed against the AquaFX.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), and the UDRP was decided by a three member panel. The domain registrant was represented by attorney Jason Schaeffer of ESQWire.com.

In order to win a UDRP proceeding, the complainant needs to prove three things (paraphrasing): 1) the domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a mark held by the complainant, 2) the registrant has no rights or legitimate interests in the domain name, and 3) the domain name was registered and is being used in bad faith. If a complainant proves 2 of the three elements, the complainant loses. All three must be proven.

In a typical UDRP decision that I read, if the complainant fails to prove one element, especially the first element, the panel will often decline to discuss the other aspects of the UDRP. There isn't much of a point to go into detail about whether or not the domain name was registered and being used in → Read More


RDNH Finding in SmartSearch .com UDRP

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When you think of the term (or brand) "smart search," what company immediately comes to mind? For me, no company comes to mind, and it seems like a pretty generic term. A California company called Advanced Personnel Systems, Inc. filed a UDRP against the SmartSearch.com domain name at the National Arbitration Forum. The complainant lost the UDRP, and a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) was made.

I think that it has been well established that a domain name owner can put pay per click parking links on a domain name landing page as long as the domain name is generic in nature. The SmartSearch.com UDRP complaint failed because the panel found that the domain name owner was using the domain name in a legitimate manner. Here's what the panel wrote about PPC parking in this UDRP decision: (more…) → Read More


Name Summit Expecting Nearly 300 Attendees

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The inaugural NameSummit domain industry conference is coming up this Monday and Tuesday, and 270 attendees have registered so far. With the potential for people (like myself) to register the day-of the event at the door, I think there will be close to 300 industry attendees at the conference.

There are quite a few notable domain industry speakers lined up for the conference. One of the nice aspects about the event is that quite a few of the speakers are not directly related to the domain name space, and I think that will give attendees a bit of a different perspective about domain names. Topics covered beyond domain investing include personal branding, Bitcoin, social media law, and other topics related to online business.

When the conference was announced in April, I published an interview with conference co-founders Jason Schaeffer and Steven Kaziyev. I think the interview gives more insight about why they decided to put this conference together and what (more…) → Read More


Everphone.com UDRP: Despite Front Running, Domain Registrant Prevails

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Front running is the act of attempting to sell a domain name that is not owned by the person who is making the sale attempt. Unfortunately, front running has become more common, and I wrote about front running during NameJet auctions  a few years ago. There was an interesting UDRP decision that domain auction participants will want to note because front running almost cost the domain registrant a domain name.

A company called Everphone GmbH filed a UDRP to get the Everphone.com domain name. This domain name sold on NameJet for $842 in January of this year, according to NameBio. According to the complainant in this UDRP, it seems that two entities contacted the complainant either during or prior to the auction claiming to be willing to sell this domain name. Because the complainant had been dealing with entities that seem to have been front running this domain name, the auction winner and current registrant was not aware of these other emails when the complainant approached him about selling the domain name.

In the UDRP → Read More


ATC.com UDRP Won by Domain Owner

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In late March, I wrote about the ATC.com UDRP filing.  ATC.com had been created back in 1990, and the complainant owned the domain name for many years. The decision was just made, and the domain owner will retain this valuable domain name. The  ESQwire.com  law firm defended the domain name on behalf of the owner.

The primary reason for the decision going in favor of the domain name owner was that the three person panel found that the "Complainant has failed to establish sufficient trademark rights to the letters ATC." Because of this finding, the panel did not have to decide whether or not the domain owner had rights or interest in owning the domain name, nor did the panel need to consider whether the owner had registered and used the domain name in bad faith.

In looking at the decision (which should be published publicly soon), it appears that the panel declined to consider Reverse Domain Name Hijacking for this UDRP proceeding. Since it  does not appear in the decision, I  do not know why it was not considered. Based on → Read More


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