Posts Tagged ‘Domain Disputes’

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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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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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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Heavenly Valley Trademark Owner Wins ChateauHeavenlyVillage.com by Default Judgment in Cybersquatting Lawsuit

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

The case is Heavenly Valley, LP, et al., vs. Lake Tahoe Development Company, LLC, CIV. NO. S-09-1533 FCD GGH, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, (July 22, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74488) and was heard before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory G. Hollows.

cybersquatting lawsuitPlaintiffs Heavenly Valley filed the complaint on June 3, 2009 alleging that Defendant improperly and without authorization used the ‘HEAVENLY’ trademarks in the name ‘The Chateau at Heavenly Village.’

A quick search through the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) revealed that among the myriad ‘HEAVENLY’ federally registered trademarks the Plaintiffs Heavenly Valley, a Delaware corporation limited partnership, are the registered owners of the ‘HEAVENLY VALLEY’ mark, Serial No. 74151462.

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Good Faith and Bad Faith Analyzed in N.D.C.A. Cybersquatting Claim Brought Under the ACPA – Rearden LLC., v. Rearden Commerce

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Judge Patel presiding over this case in front of the Northern District of California’s District Court provides Internet Lawyers and lay readers alike with a few great examples of conduct that does / does not constitute ‘good faith’ in a cybersquatting claim brought under the ACPA.

1) A presumption of bad faith flows directly from any indication that a domain name owner, after already being accused of cybersquatting on a mark, registered additional domain names infringing (potentially) on the complainant’s mark to exacerbate the conflict. Instead, any party registering domain names that may potentially be infringing should register those domain names ‘as part of its program to connect with customers’.

2) A presumption of conduct indicating good faith is supported when a domain name owner accused of cybersquatting immediately ceases use of the infringing (allegedly) domain name after the cybersquatting allegations are brought to the domain owner’s attention.

3) (carrying the most weight in this opinion) A domain name owner accused of cybersquatting or trademark infringement can demonstrate ‘good faith’ by offering to unconditionally transfer the (possibly) infringing domain names to the complaining party.

Overview;

Plaintiff in this suit is Rearden LLC (Rearden), founded by Steve Perlman. Rearden owns the federal registered trademark for ‘REARDEN’ – Serial No. 77194957.

The Defendant, Rearden Commerce Inc., (RC), adopted that name in January 2005. RC owns the federal registered trademark for ‘REARDEN COMMERCE’ – Serial No.76632927.

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RapidShare Wins Domain Names Infringing on its RAPID SHARE Trademark in WIPO Arbitration Disputes

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

In recent months the Switzerland based file-hoster site Rapidshare filed more than two dozen World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) disputes. Rapidshare filed these WIPO disputes against domain name Websites that were infringing on Rapidshare’s trademark either by cybersquatting on domain names containing the ‘RAPID SHARE’ mark or by using the ‘RAPID SHARE’ trademark to infringe copyrights.

RapidShare has expanded rapidly since its founding, now it ranks among the top 50 most-used Websites on the Internet. This newfound popularity has also brought RapidShare misfortune as it has caught the attention of persons looking to profit from RapidShare’s good name and high-levels of steady Web-traffic. In light of this, RapidShare has filed and plans to continue to file (as necessary) these WIPO arbitration proceedings against the myriad of Internet users infringing on its rights.

In a statement released by the former CEO and COO of RapidShare, Bobby Chang iterated that RapidShare’s was going to aggressively pursue individuals or entities perpetuating intellectual property rights infringement against RapidShare content and against the RapidShare mark;

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Expensive Political Stunt? The Daily Caller Acquires KeithOlbermann.com, May Result in Trademark or Cybersquatting Dispute

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Tucker Carlson is the editor-in-chief of the premier Keith Olbermann criticism and political commentary site, www.dailycaller.com. The Daily Caller is probably as well known for political commentary as it is known as a platform for jibes, both personal and political, about Keith Olbermann which instigate responses from the political anchor and eventually escalate into Tweet fights that have splashed all across the internet news community. In at least what is initially a very successful move to fan the flames, the Daily Caller purchased www.keitholbermann.com and Tucker Carlson has impudently setup a contact email where you can reach him at [email protected]

trademark cybersquatting disputeThe Daily Caller hasn’t stopped there, they are offering @keitholbermann.com email addresses to the most creative names @kietholbermann.com that get submitted, and all you’ve got to do is ask. To get a keitholberman.com email, go to Win a keitholbermann.com e-mail address.

Early email winners include;

[email protected], [email protected], and [email protected]

Although the Whois registration info has the registrant information hidden behind Domains by Proxy, Inc., the Daily Caller has publicly announced its acquisition of the keitholbermann.com domain name address.

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Healthcare Giant Novo Nordisk Loses its UDRP Challenge to FlexTouch.com

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Novo Nordisk is a giant in the Healthcare industry that has registered the FlexTouch trademark but before it could begin to use FlexTouch in conjunction with commercial purposes, Andrew Melcher of La Jolla, California, registered FlexTouch.com and began using it as a parking page supporting links to electronics and computers.

Novo Nordisk had registered the FlexTouch trademark with the commercial goal of advertising the FlexTouch product as an aid in pharmaceutical preparations for the treatment of diabetes.trademark law

On March 19, 2010 the lone panelist Brigitte Joppich writing for the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center  in the WIPO case of Novo Nordisk A/S v. Andrew Melcher, Case No. D2010-0095, rendered an Administrative Panel Decision. That full decision can be found here.

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