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VMI.com Subject of UDRP

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A UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum against the valuable 3 letter VMI.com domain name. This is case #1790831, and the commencement date is June 15, 2018.

VMI.com does not resolve to an active website for me. When I visited, I saw a default registrar landing page that says, "This domain is parked free of charge with NameSilo.com." There is no advertising on the landing page. The domain name is registered to an entity in Denmark (disclosure: I have done business with the registrant).

Based on the Whois history tool at DomainTools, it looks like the domain name was acquired earlier this year. I searched my email history to see if I could see it mentioned by any brokers, and I see that Sedo had it listed for sale this past February without a price. NameBio does not have a sales history for the domain name, so it was likely a private sale. As a LLL.com domain name, VMI.com holds substantial value.

Because the NAF does not report the name of the complainant until a decision is rendered, (more…) → Read More


RDNH Finding in GlobalVision.com UDRP

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Sometimes when I see a UDRP filing, my first thought is that the domain name seems very generic. This is what I thought when I saw the GlobalVision.com UDRP filing at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), and it looks like the panelist agreed. This is case # FA1804001783819.

From the opening discussion about the domain name and its history provided by the respondent (domain registrant), it seemed pretty inevitable that the owner would retain the domain name. Here's what the registrant said:

"Complainant’s GLOBAL VISION is made up of common, generic terms and Complainant may not maintain an exclusive monopoly on such terms.

Respondent has rights and legitimate interests in the domain name dating back to February 22, 1995, when Respondent registered the domain name. The domain name is used by an existing, active company."

The panelist's findings section confirms this and also mentions that the complainant tried to buy the domain name in 2016 but was unsuccessful: (more…) → Read More


USPS on a UDRP Spree

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It looks like the United States Postal Service (USPS) is on a UDRP filing spree. A search of pending UDRP filings at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) shows 11 UDRP filings that have been made recently. These 11 UDRPs include nearly 40 domain names. Some of the domain names involved in the USPS UDRP filings include:


  • uspsx.com

  • usps.sale

  • uspsglobal.com

  • uspstrackingservice.com

  • usps-nlu.com

  • usps.info

  • usps.site


It is no surprise, but it looks like all of the domain names have USPS in them, so the Postal Service seems to be protecting its marks. I find it interesting that the USPS paid (more…) → Read More


SNN .com UDRP Denied: Complainant Alleged Domain Name Theft

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A UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) involving the SNN.com domain name. The decision was released this morning, and the single panelist (The Honourable Neil Anthony Brown QC) denied the UDRP. While it is generally good to see a decision like this on a valuable LLL.com domain name, this one appears to have some extenuating circumstances (allegedly).

In the discussion section of the UDRP, the complainant alleges that the SNN.com domain name was stolen. Here are some excerpts from the UDRP decision that allege theft of the domain name:

"Respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in the domain name. Respondent used identity fraud and social engineering to obtain ownership of the domain name. See Compl. Ex. D (Timeline of Theft)."

"Respondent registered and is using the domain name in bad faith. The domain name was probably hijacked in order to sell to a third party, as 3-letter domain names are very valuable in the industry. Further, Respondent’s behavior in stealing the domain name itself indicates bad → Read More


Washington Post Goes After 2 .News Domain Names via UDRP (Updated)

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Typically, when a well-known company goes after an exact match domain name in alternative extensions, it is not all that newsworthy. More often than not, the domain names are awarded to the complainant without much fanfare. It looks like the Washington Post filed two UDRPs that will be interesting to follow given the usage of the domain name.

A UDRP was filed against WashingtonPost.news and a UDRP was filed against WAPO.news. Both filings were at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), so the complainant is not published yet. One can assume the Washington Post is the complainant in case #1775737 and case #1775738.

While these may look somewhat cut and dry given the pretty much exact match of a well known news publication brand, the way they are being used could make these UDRP filings more notable. It looks like there is a website on each of these domain names, and it is pretty clear that neither is associated with the Washington Post.

One look at the (more…) → Read More


DME.com Subject of UDRP Filing (Updated)

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A UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) against the valuable DME.com three letter .com domain name. The  filing can be seen at UDRPSearch.com, and it is case #1759818.

DME.com was created in June of 2001, making the domain name 16 years old. The registrant of the domain name is listed as DME Online Services, Ltd., so it would make sense that it owns the matching DME.com domain name. Using DomainTools' Whois history tool, I can see that the same registrant has owned DME.com since at least June of 2007 (over 10 years). When I visited DME.com this morning, I was forwarded to a landing page with pay per click advertising.

As a three letter .com (LLL.com) domain name, DME.com is quite valuable. DomainIQ pegs its value at (more…) → Read More


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