Does the owner of have rights over

In the world of online business and branding, domain names play a crucial role. They are the addresses that lead us to websites on the internet. However, sometimes disputes arise over domain names, as we see in the case of BHE GT&S v. SS Ruprai. In this article, we will explore the key aspects of this dispute and understand the decisions made by the panel.


Berkshire Hathaway Energy (BHE) is a well-known energy company in the United States, with various trademarks registered under its parent company. In 2020, a subsidiary of BHE named BHE GT&S started using the mark “BHE GT&S” in connection with its operations and registered the domain name On the other hand, an individual named SS Ruprai registered the domain, which resulted in the dispute.

The Complainant’s Claims:

The Complainant argued that the disputed domain name was registered with the intention to misuse and exploit the reputation of BHE GT&S. They stated that the domain name had no meaning other than identifying the Complainant and its services. Moreover, the Complainant alleged that the domain name was associated with illegal activities like phishing schemes.

The Respondent’s Defense:

SS Ruprai, the individual who registered the domain name, asserted that he operated a legitimate consulting business called “Heptagon Technology Solutions” since 2005. He explained that “heg” was an acronym for “Heptagon,” and “ts” stood for “Technology Solutions.” The Respondent also expressed his willingness to transfer the domain name to the Complainant.

Panel Decision:

The panel reviewed the evidence and arguments presented by both parties. Despite the Respondent’s willingness to transfer the domain, the panel decided to proceed with a substantive evaluation of the case. They considered the Complainant’s claims of common law rights and industry recognition but found them insufficient to establish ownership of the BHE GT&S mark.

Additionally, the panel clarified that while the Complainant could rely on its parent company’s trademark rights, those rights extended only to specific marks, not including the disputed domain name. As a result, the panel concluded that the domain name was not confusingly similar to any of the trademarks the Complainant could rely upon.


In the BHE GT&S v. SS Ruprai dispute, the panel ultimately denied the complaint, stating that the domain name was not registered and used in bad faith. They found that the Respondent had a legitimate explanation for the domain name’s origin and that it did not infringe on the Complainant’s trademark rights.

Domain name disputes like this can have significant implications for businesses and individuals alike. It is essential to understand trademark rights and ensure that domain registrations do not infringe on others’ intellectual property. For businesses seeking to protect their trademarks, it is crucial to register them properly and enforce their rights when necessary.

Remember, selecting and using a domain name wisely can help avoid potential conflicts and ensure a smooth online presence for your brand or business.

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  1. Richard Wilson Avatar
    Richard Wilson

    This case highlights the importance of understanding trademark rights and avoiding infringement when registering domain names. Businesses should protect their trademarks properly and enforce their rights as needed.

  2. David Blake Avatar
    David Blake

    It’s a bit of a domain name showdown. Whether the owner of can claim rights over is like navigating a maze. Things like trademarks, who registered first, and how confusing the names are come into play. The owner of might say, “Hey, these names are too alike, it’s not cool!” But to figure it out, they might need to duke it out legally. Remember, every situation is kinda unique in the world of domains, so legal advice would be like a compass here.

  3. Gurbani Kaur Avatar
    Gurbani Kaur

    This was a fair win with regard to the individual’s rights. Companies with little difference in brand names exist all the time and not necessary seek to exploit the latter. Hence, verification and examination of such claims is very important.

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