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IMI.com Subject of UDRP


A UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) against the valuable IMI.com domain name. The  filing can be seen at UDRPSearch.com, and it is case #1753342.

IMI.com was created in March of 1994. The domain name is currently registered to a California-based company. Using the DomainTools Whois History Tool, I can see Whois records since 2000. The email address on the earliest record in 2000 matches the email address of the current registrant, so the registrant has had it for at least 17 years.

When I visited IMI.com, I was taken to a website that says "Internet Marketing Inc a PartnerVision venture" in the header. Obviously IMI is short for Internet Marketing Inc. Below this, there is a notice that says the website moved to PartnerVision.org. Below this are helpful links "for other IMI Companies."

Interestingly, there is a page within the website that says the IMI.com and IMI.info domain names are for sale. There is absolutely nothing wrong with selling valuable domain names like IMI.com (just ask a publicly → Read More

JAT.com Subject of UDRP Filing


A UDRP was just filed against the valuable three letter JAT.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The UDRP filing is case #D2017-1986.

JAT.com was originally registered in March of 1997, making this domain name more than twenty years old. At the time of publication, JAT.com is registered under privacy proxy at GoDaddy, so I am not sure who owns the domain name. When I visited JAT.com to see how the domain name is being used, I see a coming soon page that says, "jat.com is almost here! Upload your website to get started."

The complainant in this UDRP is Air Serbia a.d. Beograd Jurija. According to the airline's Wikipedia page, the company was previously known as Jat Airways. When I did a Whois History search at DomainTools, I noticed that the company appears to have previously owned the domain name. In 2015, the admin name was Air Serbia, according to DomainTools. It looks like the predecessor to Air Serbia was the registrant of the domain name since at least 2001, which is the earliest Whois → Read More

Domain Registrant Suggests UDRP to Get Access to Domain Name


I was surprised when I saw a UDRP filing against the seemingly generic F45.com domain name, although I have documented plenty of UDRPs involving generic domain names. I was not surprised when I saw the domain registrant win the UDRP. That is, until I read the decision.

From what I can understand, the complainant wanted to buy F45.com and the domain name registrant was willing to sell it for $15,000. The complainant offered $12,500 and then agreed to pay the registrant's $15,000 asking price. When it came time to finish the deal, the domain registrant had some issues accessing the domain name at Name.com. As a means to solve the problem, he suggested that the complainant file a UDRP, which he would not oppose.

Here's the excerpt from the decision, which can be found on WIPO's website: (more…) → Read More

Glory.com Hit With UDRP


A UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) against the generic Glory.com domain name. The UDRP filing is WIPO Case D2017-1900.

Glory.com was created in February of 1995, making this domain name more than 22 years old. The domain name is registered to a company called MicroStrategy, Inc., a publicly traded company whose stock trades on the NASDAQ market (symbol: MSTR). The company has a market cap of nearly $1.5 billion USD. The earliest Whois history record at DomainTools is from 2002, and MicroStrategy was the registrant at that time. It is likely that the company owned Glory.com longer than that. At the time of publication, Glory.com does not resolve for me. I think this domain name is easily worth 6 figures and potentially more.

The complainant in this UDRP is an entity called Glory Ltd. I did a Google search for "Glory Ltd" and the top result was for a company that operates on Glory-Global.com. There is also a stock call-out from Google that shows (what appears to be) a related entity that → Read More

Equifax Takes Action to Recover Domain Names


In the wake of the massive breach at Equifax, I wrote about the number of domain name registrations with "Equifax" in them. Smartly, it looks like Equifax is beginning to take action to recover domain names that could potentially be used by bad actors. Equifax came under fire recently because of the domain name it used for its security website.

According to the most recent update of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website, Equifax filed three separate UDRP proceedings to recover domain names it believes are infringing on its trademarks. The three UDRP filings that have been made so far can be found here:

In total, there are 285 domain names that are listed in these three UDRP filings.

With UDRP filings, a company is able to file one UDRP for multiple domain names registered to the same entity. I did not check the (more…) → Read More

Two Letter KF.org Subject of UDRP


A UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) against the two letter domain name, KF.org. The  filing can be seen at UDRPSearch.com, and it is case #1749586.

KF.org was originally registered in June of 1999, making the domain name 18 years old. The registrant of KF.org appears to be an individual in Germany. Using DomainTools' Whois History tool, I was able to see that the same registrant has had KF.org since at least 2003. There aren't any historical records prior to 2003, so it is quite possible that this same registrant has owned KF.org for even longer than that.

When I visited KF.org, I saw a message in German that translates to "This is the default index page of your web." I do not see any type of monetization of the domain name, nor do I see a contact form. Archive.org records show the same message on the landing page for quite some time.

It is not very often that you see a UDRP filed against a two letter domain name, especially in one of the (more…) → Read More

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