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Razorbacks.com: Legitimate Use of a Trademark Term

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I pay very close attention to UDRP filings on generic domain names. I receive a daily email with UDRP decisions and frequently visit the NAF and WIPO websites to see what UDRPs have been filed. Oftentimes, the complainant feels the domain owner is infringing upon its trademark rights by displaying advertising of related products or services, as was the case with Dolphins.com.

However, there are plenty of UDRP filings that are overreaching, and I am happy to see the panelist(s) deny the complainants attempts. Today, I received the WIPO UDRP decision for Razorbacks.com, filed by Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas of Little Rock, Arkansas, whose sports teams are known as the Razorbacks.

The owner of the domain name first registered the name in 1995, and the University contacted him about it several years later, in 2003. In the response, the University claims it sent the owner a cease and desist letter and also claimed that the domain owner owns the .com domain names of several college sports team brands, including → Read More