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Weeds.com UDRP: Reverse Domain Name Hijacking Ruling

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In early August, a UDRP was filed against Weeds.com, Weeds.net, and Weeds.org. As I noted when I first saw the filing, the domain names did not appear to be owned by one single entity. As a result, it seems that Weeds.net and Weeds.org were removed from the UDRP filing, so WIPO Case D2017-1517 is now showing that it is only for Weeds.com.

I just learned that the UDRP was decided, and the three person panel ruled in favor of the domain owner. In addition, the panel found that this was a case of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH). The domain owner was represented by attorney Zak Muscovitch of Muscovitch Law P.C., Canada.

Because of the panel's findings in the section about registering and using the domain name in bad faith, it looks like the panel took a pass on ruling about the domain name being identical or confusingly similar as well as whether the domain owner had rights or legitimate interests in the domain name. In the section about registering and using the domain name in bad faith, the panel did not find in favor of → Read More


IVI.com Subject of UDRP Filing

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IVI.com

Another valuable three letter .com domain name is the subject of a UDRP proceeding at the World Intellectual Property Organization. A UDRP was filed against IVI.com, and it is WIPO Case D2017-2240.

The owner of IVI.com is WebMD, a publisher of health news and information. IVI.com was created over 25 years ago, in June of 1992. When I visited IVI.com this morning, the domain name did not resolve for me. It looks like WebMD and/or a related entity has owned the IVI.com domain name since the 1990s.

The company that filed the complaint is listed as Equipo IVI SL. A Google search for that entity showed me a website with the homepage title, IVI-RMA is the largest Assisted Reproduction group in the world. That company operates on the inferior (more…) → Read More


Kitchens To Go Tries to Get KTG.com via UDRP

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A company called Kitchens to Go filed a UDRP against the valuable KTG.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization. This UDRP filing is WIPO Case D2017-2241.

KTG.com has a creation date of February 22, 2001, where it was picked up on the drop as Archive.org shows some entries prior to that. The domain registrant appears to be an entity with an address in Belize. When I visited KTG.com this evening, I was forwarded to a Domain Holdings inquiry page, indicating the domain name is likely listed for sale. I don't see any public sales history for this domain name on NameBio.

The complainant in this case is a company called Kitchens to Go. Obviously the acronym of KTG would explain why Kitchens to Go would want to own this domain name. I took a brief look at the company's website, and I do not see any references to "KTG" on the homepage. On the (more…) → Read More


Viking.com Subject of UDRP

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There's a peculiar UDRP filing at the World Intellectual Property Organization that I noticed last night. It looks like a UDRP was filed against the Viking.com domain name, and it is WIPO Case D2017-2174.

A Whois search shows that Office Depot, Inc. is the current registrant of Viking.com. DomainTools shows that Office Depot has owned Viking.com since at least 2004. It looks like Viking.com forwards to viking-direct.co.uk, which appears to be a separate brand from Office Depot. This Viking-branded website also sells office products, and based on the currency shown to visitors, my guess is the target audience is UK-based buyers.

The complainant in the UDRP is listed as Aurelius RHO GTM Development Limited. I had never heard of the company before, so I did a Google search to see why the company may have filed a UDRP, and here is where I was confused. According to this press release from 2016 published on Business Wire, "Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP) today announced that it intends to sell its European business to The → Read More


JAT.com Subject of UDRP Filing

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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

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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


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