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Owner of ccTLD domain files complaint against .com holder

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Although it has almost become a cliche now, .com domain names are still the most popular extension globally. Given the availability, any corporate entity would choose the .com TLD, before any other extension. So much so that people with the possession of a ccTLD domain name often file a UDRP complaint against .com domain name owners with the same Second level domain name. Xiatech Consulting Ltd...

Canadian complainant and Indian respondent over CGI

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Some terms are generic in nature. Generic means that they are common and used in many different ways by different entities. Trademarks in such terms are difficult to register as well as to administer. Such marks can be used by other parties, without the consent of the holder on the  basis of commonality. CGI, Inc.  is a Canadian firm that specializes in providing IT and business...

When Shopify had to reach Canadian Dispute Resolution forum over a domain name

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Big online companies always face the brunt of domain impersonation scams. However, sometimes even partners dupe an entity’s brand names. As evident in this case involving Shopify. Shopify had to enter the doors of Canadian International Internet Dispute Resolution Centre. The domain name at the center of the dispute was ShopifyDevelopment.com. Shopify presented in the court is that it is a...

Does TopEmployers.com belong to Top Employers Institute?

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In domain name disputes the possession of a trademark does not mean ownership of the domain. There are other elements as well for a complaint to succeed. CRF International Holding B.V., Netherlands is a company that provides various services in the field of business and database management. The company is an international entity with presence in 11 offices worldwide. The company possesses the...

When former partners wrestled for the domain GreenYourLab.org

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Breakups are tough, both personally and professionally. Sometimes disputes over a domain name arise when both parties were earlier partners. My Green Lab, Corp is a non-profit organization aimed at sustainability. It operates on the domain name MyGreenLab.org. The organization owns the USPTO trademark for MY GREEN LAB, registered in December 2014. However, the domain name GreenYourLab.org was...

FICO files UDRP against FICOIndia.com

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A common method of brand impersonation is adding a country’s name to a brand. Adding a country’s name to a popular brand makes people feel like the domain name belongs to a brand’s subsidiary in that country. It is not physically possible to register such combinations in every country. Hence, the UDRP procedures provide an alternative. Fair Isaac Corporation is a credit score analytics company...

Respondent beats trademark owner without even appearing

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The UDRP Panel is composed of judges of utmost honesty and professionalism. This is evident in many cases where if the facts are so aligned, then the panel decides in favor of the party even when they are absent from the procedure.  Blackbaud, Inc is a software company that helps other organizations and companies to organize charity events. In 2017 the company acquired another company named...

Here’s how you can register .au domain name before the public launch

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On the 4th of October, .au domain space would be unlocked for the general public. Australians had been for long using the .com.au and could now register domain names with a .au extension.  Until a few days ago these domain names were restricted for the owners of .com.au domain names only. Owners of .com.au were given priority over others. However, the general public can register their domain...

ICANN to hold Webinars for the proposed WHOIS Disclosure System

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ICANN has for a long time been receiving persistent requests about one thing. A change in its WHOIS Disclosure System. There is a system by which we can find information related to the registrant of a domain name. The WHOIS feature.  Why is this information required? Sometimes, a domain name might be infringing upon someone’s trademarks or being used for any other illegal activity. For these...

GoDaddy appoints new Chairman of Board of Directors

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There has been some change at the top level management of GoDaddy Inc. The biggest domain name registrar has announced a change in its Board of Directors. Charles Robel who had become a member of the Board in 2014. In 2015, he was appointed as the Chair of the Board. After 7 years of service, Mr. Robel is going to step down from top position. Brian Sharples who had become a Board member in 2016...

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