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WordPress Foundation Wins More Domain Disputes

WordPress powers a very large proportion of the web these days, so in terms of “brand” it’s very strong. So it’s not that surprising that the WordPress Foundation has formulated a strong, yet clear, trademark policy. Short version – you can’t use the term “wordpress”, but you can use things like “wp”: Under no circumstances […]

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message on keyboard enter key to illustrate the concepts of trademark. ieDRP Cases

The volume of disputes involving .ie domain names is pretty small. This is probably due in part to three factors: The namespace is pretty small with only 206 thousand names the registry’s rules are very restrictive compared to gTLDs prices are generally higher than for a lot of gTLDs However there are still a number of […]

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Lufthansa & WeightWatchers Win URS

The URS (Uniform Rapid Suspension System) is a new rights protection mechanism that was introduced as part of ICANN’s New TLD rollout. Unlike the UDRP (Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy), if a complainant prevails in a URS they do not get the domain. All a URS can do is result in the domain being suspended for […]

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Expletive Renders UDRP Complaint Void

Calvin Klein are a well known fashion company. The “CK” and Calvin Klein logos are well known. So you’d almost expect a domain dispute involving a domain name with the term “Calvin Klein” in it to be a “slam dunk”. However UDRPs and other domain disputes are not quite that predictable as they rely on […]

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Eircom's efibre logo Transferred to Eircom in Domain Dispute

Several months ago Eircom, one of Ireland’s largest ISPs,  launched a fibre broadband product under the moniker of “eFibre”. For some reason, however, they hadn’t registered the corresponding domain name. One of their competitors Magnet had and setup a very simple site:   I’m not sure how many people noticed, though I did see a […]

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Irish Politicians Screw Up With XXX

An article in yesterday’s Sunday Times (Irish edition) by Harry Leech covers .xxx and Irish politicians and political parties. It’s obvious that they didn’t do anything about protecting their “brand” in XXX: and finegael. xxx were both registered in December 2011, as were the addresses and Needless to say the domains were […]

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Use It Or Lose It? UDRP Hits New Low

Use It Or Lose It? UDRP Hits New Low

Kevin tweeted a link to this decision earlier today and it scared me. It really did. What’s so scary? This part of the UDRP decision: Complainant asserts that Respondent has failed to make an active use of the disputed domain name, constituting bad faith registration and use.  Complainant submits a printout verifying its assertion that […]

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Fox Files UDRP Over XXX Domain

From the “told you so” and “some domainers are really really dumb” department .. Yes – and asking a crazy high price for it As Kevin reports Fox have now filed a UDRP. Prediction – unless Fox’s complaint is submitted on toilet paper this will be a slam dunk win for them. Tip: Do […]

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The World Intellectual Property Organization

For Dummies Win WIPO Case Against Dummy

Why did this case catch my eye? Well when the respondent tells WIPO that the domain is “available to lease” it’s going to catch my attention WIPO have awarded John Wiley & Sons the domain following a UDRP dispute. What surprised and amused me was the reply the registrant sent WIPO on being notified […]

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