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Latest Cybersqautting Case under ACPA

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

As reported on Domain Name Wire, The Gap, Inc. has filed a cybersquatting case against TheGap.com under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA).  The complaint alleges that TheGap.com redirects visitors to websites that are designed to deceive consumers into believing the sites belong to The Gap, Inc.” or are affiliated with or sponsored by” The Gap, Inc.

“More specifically, the thegap.com domain name forwards visitors to sites that promise a substantial gift card to Gap’s stores in exhange for entry of personal information and completion of unidentified “sponsor offers.””

The full complaint can be read below:

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Cybersquatting Victory: Chris Bosh Wins Some 600 Cybersquatted Domain Names and Turns Them Over to the NBPA

Friday, September 10th, 2010

The Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh hired an intellectual property attorney team to wrest control of domain names containing his name and other professional basketball players’ names away from a serial cybersquatter.

cybersquatting caseThen, in a decidedly unselfish move, Bosh donated the domains containing fellow professional basketball players’ names to the National Basketball Players Association for safekeeping and with instructions to give control of the domains to the rightful owners (those players whose names had been cybersquatted).

Bosh’s legal team was able to acquire approximately 600 domain names that had previously been unlawfully cybersquatted by a dishonest entrepreneur who was using the domains to generate revenue.

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Cybersquatting Over Trademark Rights in Domain Names: Adultcon Says Exxotica’s Trademark is Generic

Friday, August 20th, 2010

In an article posted on Thursday on Xbix, the dispute between two adult fan-show giants, Exxxotica and Adultcon was highlighted. The adult entertainment companies are gearing up to square off against each other in court in a dispute over ownership and use of 19 allegedly infringing domain names.

domain name dispute cybersquatting lawsuitThe cybersquatting lawsuit was filed this earlier this summer in June by Exxxotica. Exxxotica is seeking the maximum statutory damage award ($100,000 for each cybersquatted domain name) under the Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA).

The dispute between the adult fan-show companies has at its epicenter the Los Angeles Convention Center, where Adultcon has been holding shows for years. However, this year Exxxotica decided to expand its fan base (which normally is covered by Exxxotica shows in Miami and New Jersey) into the L.A. market by scheduling a show at the same venue Adultcon has been regularly hosting adult show events.

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Molson Loses Cybersquatting Judgment and Ordered to Pay Attorney’s Fees in the Ontario Superior Court After Previously Winning Arbitration Domain Name Dispute

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

This case flies in the face of a seemingly growing trend in cybersquatting domain name disputes. More often than not, when a large company challenges ownership of a domain name that bears the company’s trademark somewhere in the web address that company is awarded the ‘infringing’ domain name. Actually, this is exactly what happened initially in the dispute over ownership of www.Canadian.biz.

cybersquatting and domain name dispute caseThe norm in recent court rulings involving internet litigation has been to reinforce a trend in cybersquatting disputes being decided in favor of large companies. Following are some examples of representative of this trend;

* ArcelorMittal Awarded 5 Cybersquatted Domain Names in WIPO Arbitration Proceeding

* Metropark USA Wins Default ‘in rem’ Cybersquatting Judgment 

* Verizon’s Landmark Cybersquatting Victories in the US Courts 

* BMEZine Contests Ownership BME.com

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The Worlds Largest Steel Producing Company ArcelorMittal Awarded 5 Cybersquatted Domain Names in WIPO Dispute Arbitration Proceeding

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Ranking in at 99th on the 2010 Fortune Global 500 list, the largest steel producing company in the world won a cybersquatting judgment in a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) dispute arbitration proceeding. In 2007 alone, The Avenue de la Liberté, Luxembourg headquartered ArcelorMittal produced 116 million tonnes of crude steel representing 10% of the world’s steel output.

cybersquatting and domain name dispute complaintsIn its complaint arguing for the panel to recognize the uniqueness of the ‘ARCELOR’ mark, ArcelorMittal stated, “It has no meaning in English or in any other language. A Google search of the word “arcelor” displays several results, all related to the complainant (ArcelorMittal).”

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Cybersquatting Cases Update: Zuccarini Threatens Legal Action Against Auctioneers Readying to Auction Off His Remaining Domain Names

Friday, August 6th, 2010

There is a proposed court order, still currently under consideration, to the effect that John Zuccarini’s remaining domain names will be sold at the TRAFFIC conference in Dublin taking place in October. The Zuccarini domain names would be sold to settle tax liens and a cybersquatting judgment against Zuccarini brought by Office Depot.

Apparently Zuccarini has contacted auction promoter Rick Latona and TRAFFIC organizers Rick Schwartz and Howard Neu, with threats of legal action if they proceed with auctioning off the remaining domain names.

In response to the letters, Henry M. Burgoyne of Kronenberger Burgoyne, LLP, filed an application of contempt of court (PDF – courtesy of DomainNameWire) by Zuccarini for allegedly interfering with the auction plans.

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Metropark USA Wins Domain Name from a Cybersquatter in in rem Default Judgment

Friday, August 6th, 2010

U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan granted Plaintiff Metropark USA a permanent injunction transferring ownership of Defendant www.Metropark.net in the Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protect Act and federal trademark infringement in the case Metropark United States v. Metropark, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78674 (D. Va. 2010).

The decision (but because it is a Magistrate ruling it is really only a recommendation) was rendered and entered in default on July 8, 2010 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Virginia. In this federal cybersquatting claim, the D.C. for the E.D. Virginia exercised in rem jurisdiction over Defendant Domain Name www.Metropark.net and because the Domain Name registrant failed to reply to the complaint or otherwise appear before the court in these proceedings the Magistrate judge entered her recommendation in a default rulingcybersquatted trademark domain name against the Defendant Domain Name.

Brief history of the parties involved;

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After Landmark Victories in the US Courts, Verizon Changes Tactics to Pursue Cybersquatters Through UDRP Arbitration Disputes

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Despite winning some really landmark cases and having marked success in protecting its ‘VERIZON’ trademark through cybersquatting lawsuits brought under the ACPA, Verizon has recently changed up its method for pursuing cybersquatters. Previous victories in the US court system for Verizon have been against companies such as Navigation Catalyst Systems and OnlineNic.cybersquatting domain names

Verizon’s most recent efforts to fight cybersquatting of its ‘VERIZON’ mark have been in the form of Uniform Domain-name Resolution Policy (UDRP) arbitration disputes filed through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Presently, Verizon has at least two live UDRP complaints still pending and has won a victory for ‘VERIZON’ cybersquatted domain names including;

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Analysis of Personal Jurisdiction in a Claim for Cybersquatting Under the ACPA and the Lanham Act

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The Digby Adler Group LLC v. Image Rent a Car, Inc. decision rendered on July 20, 2010, presented a great opportunity to examine personal jurisdiction analysis in relation to a cybersquatting claim.

cybersquatting law trademark infringementThe case is Digby Adler Group LLC v. Image Rent a Car, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76309, 1-2 (N.D. Cal. July 20, 2010). Plaintiff Digby Adler Group LLC (Adler) originally filed suit in federal district court in the Northern District of California against Defendants Image Rent A Car, Inc. (Image) and Van Rental Co., Inc. (Van Rental), alleging cybersquatting, unfair competition, and false advertising under the Lahnam Act, as well as common law trademark infringement and violation of Section 17200 of California’s Business and Professions Code.

The instant decision was for a Motion to Dismiss or Transfer Venue to the Eastern District of New York and was issued by U.S. District Judge Samuel Conti.

Brief background of the parties involved;

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Typosquatting and Cybersquatting Dispute Over ROK Trademark Owner and Maker of Boat Stands

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Two companies located in Massachusetts have been in competition with each other over designing, building, and selling boat stands. Recently however, that dispute spilled over into the intellectual property arena.

typosquatting and cybersquatting domain names disputeOriginally the Mattapoisett, MA, located Kavanaugh-Brownell Boat Stands, LLC (Kavanaugh) sued the Fairhaven, MA, located Brownell Trailers, LLC (BT) over use of the ‘BROWNELL’ trademark. In that first suit Judge Young presiding over the case determined that BT could continue to sell its boat stands under the ROK trademark so long as the mark made it clear to consumers that the products for sale were boat stands. BT then adopted the above ‘ROK’ trademark which was approved by Judge Young. In conjunction with adoption of the ROK mark, BT also registered and began use of www.rokboatstands.com.

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