Recent Domain News

Wave59 guilty of reverse domain name hijacking

Arbitration panel says software company changed dates in UDRP. Stock trading software company Wave59 has been found guilty of attempted reverse domain name hijacking by a National Arbitration Forum panelist over the domain name W59.com. Wave59 originally said that it started using the abbreviated W59 mark in 2009. It has a design trademark that includes W59 in it. After the owner of the domain name pointed out that he registered the domain nearly six years before the complainant used W59 as a mark in commerce, the respondent changed its story, according to the panelist.

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Power Tools Company Loses IXO.com Complaint

Three letter domain name saved by National Arbitration Forum. Here’s a follow up to a domain name dispute I wrote about last month regarding a three letter domain name. A National Arbitration Forum panel has denied the complaint for IXO.com brought by Robert Bosch GmbH, which has a line of power tools called IXO. The decision is in German, so I’m relying on Google’s translator here

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Kevin Ham Wins Another, and You Won’t Believe What the Complainant Argued

Complainant tells panel how it generated PPC results of its competitors. Kevin Ham’s Vertical Axis has successfully defended BrightSign.com in a UDRP with the help of Ari Goldberger of ESQwire . Vertical Axis won for a number of reasons, including that the domain name was registered well before the complainant started using the term “Bright Sign” in commerce. Of course, it’s also a generic domain name.

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Porsche Wins Rights to Cyrillic Script Internationalized Domain Name

Porsche wins dispute over IDN. Porsche has won a UDRP for the domain name порше.com, which is xn--e1arcf4b.com in punycode. The company claims that the internationalized domain name translates as “Porsche”. This case created some challenges for the panel.

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eNom and Go Daddy Still Disqualified from Applying for New Top Level Domains

Language of new applicant guidebook disqualifies two large domain name registrars. If you read the spirit of the rules related to new top level domain names, domain name registrars eNom and Go Daddy are still disqualified from applying for their own top level domain names. In the latest draft ICANN tweaked the language regarding applicants for new TLDs who have been found guilty of cybersquatting, but not enough to let these two companies off the hook.

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Owner of Casino.com Busts on Caisinos.com

A generic, a typo, or neither. The owner of Casino.com has failed to convince a World Intellectual Property Forum panel that it should get the domain name Caisinos.com. The case was filed by Mansion (Gibraltar) Limited of Gibraltar, which claimed that Caisinos.com is merely a typo of its Casino.com domain name

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