Recent Domain News

Valero is third company to belatedly request .xxx domain name

Energy company complains to WIPO about Valero.xxx. San Antonio, TX based energy giant Valero Energy is the third company to ask an arbitration panel to give it a .xxx domain name. The company filed a complaint last week with World Intellectual Property Forum (WIPO), seeking control of Valero.xxx

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LivingSocial Files Its First Domain Name Complaint

Daily deals company goes after Irish domain name. Groupon competitor LivingSocial has filed its first ever domain name arbitration complaint. But it’s not for a typo of its main LivingSocial.com domain name. Instead, the company is going after the Irish domain name LivingSocial.ie.

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Prominent UDRP Defense Attorneys Also Opposed to UDRP Reform

If it ain’t completely broke, don’t risk breaking it. Yesterday I wrote about how World Intellectual Property Forum and National Arbitration Forum are opposed to initiating a UDRP reform effort at WIPO. They aren’t the only ones in this camp. Prominent UDRP defense attorneys John Berryhill and Ari Goldberger also spoke on yesterday’s “State of the UDRP” webinar. And both of them are opposed to an overhaul of UDRP.

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Watch Out Chevy Volt Fan Sites – GM is on the Prowl

GM wins rights to web site about Chevy Volt. Last year I wrote about GM-Volt.com , a site that was getting over 75,000 visits a month. I warned that using trademarks in your domain name — even as a fan site — is treacherous ground. Indeed, GM just won a case brought before the World Intellectual Property Forum for the domain name ChevyVolt.org. GM said that the site looked like a fan site on the surface, but as you dug deeper it clearly was not: …the website is not limited to discussions and/or forums about the Chevy Volt

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Is Cybersquatting Up or Just Enforcement of Cybersquatting?

WIPO’s headline is misleading. Today World Intellectual Property Forum (WIPO) did its annual release of how many UDRP cases it handled last year. It was a record 2,696 cases. That’s a lot of cases, and National Arbitration Forum also saw an increase in cases this year. But I take issue with WIPO’s headline: Cybersquatting Hits Record Level A more accurate headline would be Cybersquatting Enforcement Hits Record Level.

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