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July, 2010

  • 19 July

    Paris Hilton files domain dispute

    Paris Hilton, a celebrity and heiress to the Hilton fortune, has filed a dispute with the WIPO over the domain paris-hilton-perfume.net. She contends that the domain violates the “Paris Hilton” trademark. This dispute was more than likely filed by one of Paris Hilton’s legal representatives. This is a good thing, …

  • 1 July

    French publisher loses domain dispute

    Usually big companies win domain disputes. In this instance, however, French publisher Editions Milan tried to abuse the WIPO domain arbitration system and ended up screwing itself over in the process. It all started when American soldier Steve Hill registered kokeshi.com in 2001. He registered the single-keyword domain because of …

May, 2010

  • 11 May

    Facebook initiates dispute over Facebook.me


    Facebook has filed a dispute with the WIPO over the domain Facebook.me, which is currently owned by UAE citizen Amjad Abbas. This is just one of many ccTLDs the site has gone after lately. Interestingly, the name’s current owner has it redirecting to Facebook.com. Why he would do is unclear …

April, 2010

  • 26 April

    Chanel sweeps up five domains in dispute

    French fashion house Chanel has won a dispute filed with the WIPO covering five domains: chanelbagsale.com, chanelbageshop.com, chanelhandbags.org, chanel-sale.com, and chanelsale.net. Naturally, the company contended that the names violated its trademark and were being used in bad faith. The registrant failed to respond to these allegations. Personally, I don’t even …

March, 2010

  • 23 March

    WIPO: Football makes up large number of domain cases

    According to the WIPO, it heard some 2,107 complaints on 4,688 domains in 2009. What is more interesting, however, is that a large number of these complaints involved football domains. “Football featured strongly in the WIPO Centre’s 2009 caseload, including the upcoming World Cup,” the WIPO said. One of the …

February, 2010

  • 8 February

    Mastercard wins dispute involving mastercard-brasil.com

    MasterCard has won a domain dispute filed with the WIPO involving the domain mastercard-brasil.com.The name has been taken from Pattishall McAuliffe, the registrant, and transferred to the firm. In its complaint, MasterCard claimed the name violated its trademark and that the registrant was using it to collect the personal information …

January, 2010

  • 25 January

    WIPO rules against cybersquatter

    In yet another domain dispute victory for Google, the WIPO has ruled against a cybersquatter and in favour of theMountain View company in a case involving the domain googlenetbiz.com. As is generally the norm, Google contended that the domain violated its trademark and that it was being used in bad …

  • 20 January

    Cybersquatting may be on the decline

    Data collected from a number of arbitration panels, including the WIPO and National Arbitration Forum, show that cybersquatting may be on the decline. Last year saw a 9% decline in the number of cybersquatting cases filed overall, a three-year low. Unfortunately, this decrease does not necessarily mean the number of …

  • 19 January

    Lacoste wins lacostebuy.com

    Clothing retailer Lacoste won the domain lacostebuy.com in a recent dispute it filed with the WIPO. The name was used by a Chinese citizen, Liu Dong Ping, to sell counterfeit merchandise. For this reason and because of trademark infringement, Lacoste requested that it be given ownership of the name. In …

December, 2009

  • 4 December

    Domain name arbitration

    Coca-Cola has won rockncoke.net in a domain name arbitration case at the WIPO. The beverage company claimed the domain was confusing similar to its trademark and used in bad faith. The panel responsible for the ruling also believes that the registrant intended to sell the name to Coca-Cola and turn …