UDRP Case Summaries

UDRP (Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy) was established and adopted at ICANN’s inception as a dispute resolution policy to resolve disputes between trademark holders and domain owners more quickly and cost-effectively than judicial litigation.

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May 10, 2022

Decisions by Dreyfus, Lothian, Neuman, Swinson and more – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.19

Dreyfus Finds “Plan B” RDNH Canon City Property Management, LLC v. David Borden, NAF Claim Number: FA2203001987569 <canoncitypropertymanagement .com> Panelist: Ms. Nathalie Dreyfus Brief Facts: The Complainant, a real estate management company in Canon City, Colorado has a website at <canoncitypropertymgmt .com>. The Complainant filed for incorporation in Colorado on August 4, 2017 and began doing business no later than
May 3, 2022

Short Domain Name Value – ICA UDRP Digest Vol 2.18

Short Domain Name Value Wayne Kramer v. WangRongHua (王荣华), WIPO Case No. D2022-0118  <mc5 .com> Panelist: Ms. Sok Ling MOI Brief Facts: The individual Complainant owns the trademark MC5 in respect of “entertainment services in the nature of live musical performances” with USPTO registered on July 20, 2021, claiming first use in commence on April 1, 1967. The disputed Domain
April 26, 2022

A Very Troubling Decision: Innocent Registrant Found to be a Cybersquatter? – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.17

Innocent Registrant Found to be a Cybersquatter? A Very Troubling Decision. Motennas, LLC v. FengWenJia, NAF Claim Number: FA2203001986623 <mohu .com> Panelist: Mr. David P. Miranda, Esq. Brief Facts: The Complainant operates a TV antenna business and owns rights in the MOHU trademark based on registration with the USPTO dated January 22, 2013. The disputed Domain Name was acquired by
April 19, 2022

ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.16

Respondent is Known by the Domain Name Despite Complainant Trademarks  Aquarian Foundation, Inc. v. Daryl Wardenaar, Church of Higher Spiritualism, WIPO Case No. DAU2022-0003 <hispirit .org.au> Panelist: Mr. John Swinson Brief Facts: The Complainant is a church established in 1955, whose principal place of business is in Seattle, United States. The Complainant owns United States and Australian registered trademarks for
April 11, 2022

How Should Panels Approach Free Speech Cases? Momsdemand .org, hbznews .com, and other cases – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.15

The Multi-factored Approach to Claimed Free Speech Cases Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, Inc. v. Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 1249561463 / Steve Coffman, WIPO Case No. D2022-0473  <momsdemand .org> Panelist: Mr. Georges Nahitchevansky Brief Facts: The US Complainant, a gun violence prevention organization, uses the mark MOMS DEMAND ACTION in connection with its advocacy efforts. It owns trademark registrations
April 5, 2022

Reimex.com, cyberguard.com, veho.com and Comments from Zak Muscovitch! – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.14

Who Gets the Domain Name When There are Multiple Users of the Mark and No Specific Targeting of the Complainant? Matias Eduardo Araya Varela v. Jason Newby, WIPO Case No. D2021-4256  <reimex .com> Panelists: Mr. Reyes Campello Estebaranz (Presiding), Mr. James W. Dabney and Mr. Gerald M. Levine (Dissenting)  Brief Facts: The Chilean Complainant operates an online business at <reimex
March 29, 2022

MedellinLiving .com, NFTpsg .com, Vanguard-Wealth .com and More Interesting Decisions – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.13

Complex Dispute Over Medellin Website Damijan Tuscana/Medellin Living, LLC v. Brad Hinkelman, NAF Claim Number: FA2202001984731 <MedellinLiving .com> Panelist: Mr. Steven M. Levy, Esq. Brief Facts: The Complainants own rights in the MEDELLIN LIVING mark based on registration of the mark with the USPTO on Dec. 4, 2018. The Complainant asserts that the Domain Name is identical to its registered
March 22, 2022

Bookker .com, WeMakeFedora .org, McGraw .org and More Interesting Decisions – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.12

Unanimous Panel: Resale of “Brandable” Domain Names is a Legitimate Activity. RDNH Found. Bookker Corporate S.L.U and The Graffter SL v. Domain Admin / This Domain is For Sale, HugeDomains .com, WIPO Case No. D2021-4277 <bookker .com> Panelists: Mr. Assen Alexiev (Presiding), Mr. Alejandro Touriño and Mr. Jeffrey Neuman Brief Facts: The Complainants are affiliates and provide services that increase
March 15, 2022

EdgeWorkers.com, McCoy.com, Fevicol.com and more interesting decisions – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.11

Akami vs. Cloudflare in Edgeworker Dispute Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Cloudflare Hostmaster / Cloudflare, Inc., NAF Claim Number: FA2201001979588 EdgeWorkers .com and 3 more Domain Name Panelists: Mr. David H. Bernstein (Presiding), Mr. Darryl C. Wilson and Mr. Paul M. DeCicco Brief Facts: The US Complainant is a technology and software company and has a software service called “EdgeWorkers”. On
March 8, 2022

Decisions Issued by Panelists Nahitchevansky, Gardner, Paulovics, Sorkin and others – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.10

Large Texas Company Accuses Similarly Named Smaller Texas Company of Infringing  Timec Oil and Gas, Inc. v. Domain Admin, Privacy Protect, LLC (PrivacyProtect.org) / Guy Ngassa, The Solution Engineering Group, WIPO Case No. D2022-0064 <timecservices.com> Panelist: Mr. Georges Nahitchevansky Brief Facts: The Complainant is a provider of mechanical and construction services in the oil and gas industry and operates online
March 1, 2022

Noteworthy Cases including Kididoc.com, Reassure.ie, Chagall.com, and Three Case Commentaries by ICA General Counsel, Zak Muscovitch – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.9

Should a Fanciful Domain Name be Presumed Registered in Bad Faith? Société Librairie Fernand Nathan-Fernand Nathan & Cie v. Domain Administrator, DomainMarket.com, WIPO Case No. D2022-0016 <kididoc.com> Panelist: Mr. Edoardo Fano This case highlights an important and evolving issue arising from the UDRP. Generally, made-up words are considered highly distinctive. Typically, a respondent who registers a made-up word when there
February 23, 2022

Panels address challenging issues – OOVO.com, MAADEN.com and others – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.8

Is Restoring a Registration During Grace Period a New Registration? Vacation Pig, LLC d.b.a OOVO v. elmer rubio, NAF Claim Number: FA2201001981434  <oovo .com> Panelist: Mr. Steven M. Levy, Esq. Brief Facts: The Complainant markets and sells devices that are used for occluded vocal tract and breathing exercises related to playing musical instruments and music instruction. The Complainant owns multiple
February 15, 2022

Decisions Issued by Panelists Nahitchevansky, Reed, Alexiev, Hill, and Köklü!

Surname is Fair Game for Investment. A Few Bad PPC Links Does Not Sufficiently Prove Bad Faith Industrias Tamer S.A. DE C.V. aka MIKELS v. Anonymize, Inc., WIPO Case No. D2021-4017  <Mikels .com> Complaint Denied Panelist: Dr. Kaya Köklü Brief Facts: The Mexican Complainant founded in the 1960s, is mainly active in the development and sales of tools and equipment
February 8, 2022

PhantomFireworksScams. com, Blacksbaud. com, AltinClubCasino. com and other Interesting UDRP Decisions – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.6

Fireworks Erupt Between Two Competitors Phantom Fireworks Showrooms, LLC / Phantom I.P., LLC v. Frank Elliott / Jurassic Fireworks, Seasonal Sales Inc., WIPO Case No. D2021-4104 <PhantomFireworksScams .com> Complaint Denied Panelist: Mr. W. Scott Blackmer   Brief Facts: The Complainant Phantom Fireworks Showrooms, LLC retails fireworks in the US under the registered trademark, PHANTOM FIREWORKS, and operates at <fireworks .com>.
February 1, 2022

Hong Kong Stock Exchange Loses UDRP and More! – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.5

ADNDRC: 22 Year Delay Results in Unanimous Loss for Hong Kong Stock Exchange Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited v. Time Cowork Ltd, ADNDRC Case No. HK-2101563, HK-2101564 and HK-2101565  <hkex.com>, <hkex.net> and <hkex.org> Complaint Denied Panelists: Ms. Shahla Ali, Mr. Douglas Clark and The Hon. Neil Brown Q.C.   Brief Facts: The Complainant, incorporated on July 8, 1999, controls
January 25, 2022

Were Complainants Targeted? Also, Two More RDNH! ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.4

Parties to a UDRP Should be Careful with and Forthright in their Submissions Indoor Billboard/Northwest, Inc. v. Domain Administrator / Synergy Technologies, LLC, NAF Claim Number: FA2111001973863  <IndoorBillboard .com> Complaint Denied (RDNH) Panelists: Mr. Aaron B. Newell (Presiding), Mr. Gerald M. Levine, and Honorable Bruce E. Meyerson (Ret.), Brief Facts: The US Complainant has a US trademark for INDOOR BILLBOARD
January 18, 2022

Bybt.com, MaryWashingtonHealth.com, Luma.com and more interesting decisions – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.3

Complainant’s Plan B and Attempt to Mislead, Results in RDNH Decision Bybit Fintech Limited v. Liqian (李黔), WIPO Case No. D2021-3559 <bybt .com> Complaint Denied (RDNH) Panelist: Mr. Matthew Kennedy Brief Facts: The Complainant, established in 2018, operates a cryptocurrency exchange at <bybit .com> (note the “i” in contrast to disputed domain name, bybt .com). The Complainant filed trademark applications
January 10, 2022

SimplePlan.com, BabyShark.com, SoccerStore.cc and other interesting UDRP decisions – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.2

A Simple UDRP Plan Results in RDNH Simple Plan Inc. v. Michel Rog, NAF Claim Number: FA2111001973743 <simpleplan .com> Complaint Denied (RDNH) Panelists: Mr. Steven M. Levy, Mr. Terry F. Peppard and Mr. Alan L. Limbury, Brief Facts: The Canadian Complainant originally formed as a pop/rock band in 1999, registered the disputed Domain Name on September 12, 1999. It has
January 4, 2022

libertas.org, luxuryauction.com, securus.com and more interesting UDRP decisions – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 2.1

Complainant’s Serious and Material Misrepresentations Leads to RDNH Pacific House, LLC v. Withheld for Privacy Purposes, Privacy service provided by Withheld for Privacy ehf / Connor Boyack, WIPO Case No. D2021-3086 <libertas .org> Complaint Denied (RDNH) Panelists: Mr. W. Scott Blackmer (Presiding), Dr. Torsten Bettinger and Mr. Brian J. Winterfeldt Brief Facts: The US Complainant is an advocacy organization working
December 27, 2021

Caribou.com, Lumos.com, PerfectRecall.com and more interesting domain names cases! ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 1.18

A Respondent in a Different Jurisdiction Cannot Be Expected to Have a Constructive Notice of Trademark Scott Dylan v. K-Ventures FZE LLC, WIPO Case No. D2021-2977 <caribou .com> Complaint Denied Panelists: Mr. Matthew Kennedy (Presiding), Mr. Antony Gold, Mr. Gerald M. Levine Brief Facts: The individual Complainant is a shareholder in a 2018 incorporated Company, which provides courier services and has
December 20, 2021

NextBite.com, VogueTravels.com, TER.com and more interesting decisions – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 1.17

Wild, Unsubstantiated Allegations of Fraud Lead to RDNH Ruling Nextbite Brands, LLC v. Nextbite LLC, Nextbite General Trading Company, WIPO Case No. D2021-3114<nextbite .com>  Complaint Denied (RDNH) Panelist: Mr. Nick J. Gardner  Brief Facts: The Complainant’s main company called Ordermark, Inc. provides hardware and software for restaurants. In 2018, Ordermark expanded as “Ghost Systems, LLC”, to supply menus for restaurants and
December 15, 2021

Hard-Hitting RDNH Findings and More – ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 1.16

Panelist Neuman Makes Extensive RDNH Finding Against Complainant Who Waited 20 Years and Failed to Prove Even Common Law Rights Electrosoft Services, Inc. v. TechOps / SyncPoint, NAF Claim Number: FA2110001969515 <electrosoft .com>  Complaint Denied (RDNH) Panelist: Mr. Jeffrey J. Neuman Brief Facts: The Complainant provides Information Technology and Cybersecurity services, primarily the US government. The Complainant admits that it does not have
November 29, 2021

What is the Scope of the UDRP? Read this Week’s Cases! ICA UDRP Digest – Vol 1.15

Evidence of Good Faith Registration Outweighs Evidence of Limited Bad Faith Use  360training.com v. DNS ADMIN / BEST WEB LIMITED – www.Bestweb.com, NAF Claim Number: FA2110001968877 <tips .com>  Complaint Denied  Panelist: Dawn Osborne, The Hon Neil Brown Q.C. and Mr. Alan L. Limbury Brief Facts: The Complainant has rights in the TIPS mark based on use since 1983 and registration with the
November 1, 2021

Six New UDRP Cases You Won’t Want to Miss – ICA UDRP Digest – Volume 1.11

Fair Criticism against Florida’s Power & Light Company Upheld  Florida Power & Light Company v. Registration Private, Domains by Proxy, LLC / Alex Patton, Ozean Media, and Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship, WIPO Case No. D2021-2526 <fplratenotice .com> Complaint Denied Panelist: Mr. W. Scott Blackmer Brief Facts: The Complainant is the largest energy company in the United States, serving millions of customers across