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WIPO Shares Some Facts About 2017 UDRP Filings


It seems that UDRP filings have been increasing every year, and 2017 was no different. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the largest UDRP provider. Yesterday evening, WIPO published a report about UDRP filings in 2017, and I wanted to share some of the facts with you.

2017 WIPO UDRP Facts:

  • 3,074 UDRP filings

  • Three industries (Banking / finance, fashion, and internet / IT) accounted for nearly one-third of all cybersquatting disputes.

  • .Store, .Site, and .Online were the most frequently disputed new gTLD extensions.

  • The US had the most UDRP filings.

  • Philip Morris filed the most UDRP disputes

  • Since 1999, there have been over 39,000 UDRP filings encompassing over 73,000 domain names.

Keep in mind that these facts are from WIPO UDRP filings and don't include other venues, such as the National Arbitration Forum, The Czech Arbitration Court Arbitration Center for Internet Disputes, Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre or others. Although the UDRP (more…) → Read More

Dribble.com Subject of UDRP Filing by Company Called Dribbble


The one word Dribble.com domain name is the subject of a UDRP that has been filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The UDRP is WIPO Case D2018-0419.

Dribble.com was registered over 20 years ago in 1997, and the domain name is registered to a company in Minnesota. Using DomainTools Historical Whois tool, I was able to see the Whois record as far back as 2002, and it looks like the same entity owned the domain name back then. When I visited Dribble.com this morning, I saw a default landing page with PPC advertising that appears to be generated by the hosting company (Host Monster) and not managed or controlled by the domain name owner.

The UDRP was filed by a company called Dribbble Holdings Ltd. You will notice the company has 3 b's in its name rather than the correct spelling of "dribble." The company's website can be found on the exact match Dribbble.com domain name. When I visited the Dribbble.com website, I saw (more…) → Read More

UDRP Filed Against OST.com


A UDRP was filed against the valuable three letter .com domain name, OST.com. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and it is listed as Case Details for WIPO Case D2018-0418.

OST.com is a 20 year old domain name, having been created in 1997. For many years, OST.com had been owned by an Arizona company. In January of this year, the Whois record for this domain name went under Whois privacy. As a result, the ownership of OST.com is unclear to me.

When I visited OST.com just now, I was forwarded to (more…) → Read More

AEX.com, Domain Name for Cryptocurrency Platform, Subject of UDRP


A UDRP has been filed against the high value AEX.com domain name. The UDRP was filed by Euronext N.V. at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The case number is WIPO Case D2018-0348.

It looks like AEX.com is a developed website and business related to cryptocurrency. The AEX about us page states that "AEX (www.aex.com) is a global and professional Digital Asset Exchange Platform." It looks like users can trade and/or manage Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and other cryptocurrencies. Based on this Reddit post, it looks like the platform launched in November of 2017.

According to the DomainTools Whois History tool, the AEX.com domain name had been owned by Anything.com as recently as May of 2017. Knowing a bit about Anything.com and its domain portfolio as well as some of its publicly known sales, it must have sold for a substantial amount of money. Regardless of its provenance, AEX.com is a valuable domain name.

Euronext owns and operates on the less optimal ccTLD domain name, (more…) → Read More

Rioja.com Subject of UDRP at WIPO


A UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) over the Rioja.com domain name. This is WIPO Case D2018-0168.

According to Vivino.com, "Rioja is arguably Spain's top wine region and is one of only two regions classified under the Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa) system. Its two most important red grapes are Tempranillo and Garnacha." The Rioja.com domain name was created in November of 1996, making the domain name more than 20 years old. The domain name is registered under Whois privacy and has been like that for more than 5 years, so I am unsure about who owns the domain name.

Rioja.com is parked with pay per click advertising links related to the region and some other unrelated links. There should not be (more…) → Read More

Glory.com Decision is Good but Highlights Outbound Risk


Earlier today, WIPO published the Glory.com UDRP decision. The complaint was denied and the domain owner (Microstrategy) will get to keep the Glory.com domain name. This is great because Glory.com is a high value domain name (they paid $115,000 in 2003 and it is worth substantially more today) that is generic in nature.

From my vantage point, the decision should have been pretty much a no brainer. Glory.com is a meaningful one word .com domain name that could be used by any number of companies called Glory. There are literally companies throughout the world known as Glory, and many of these would likely have a similar claim to the name as the complainant tried to prove. That being said, there was something a bit concerning in the UDRP decision that I look at as cautionary:

"This Panel’s finding is also supported by the fact that Respondent undisputedly never attempted itself to contact Complainant with the offer to sell the disputed domain name, but that Respondent quietly held the disputed domain name for 13 years. "

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