Posts Tagged ‘typo-squatting’

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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USPTO Grants Microsoft “Cybersquatter Patrol” Patent, Microsoft to Step Up Action Against Typo-Squatters and Cyber-Squatters

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

domain name disputeToday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted patent # 7,756,987 to Microsoft.

The patent is for “Cybersquatter Patrol” a system developed by Microsoft for generating lists of typo-squatted and cyber-squatted domain names, determining ownership and revenue source for these domains, and blocking both cybersquatted domains and ads run on these domains.

A PDF of this new patent can be found here courtesy of domainnamewire.com – Patent # 7,756,987

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Problems for the Average Internet User- Spoofed Web-sites, Phishing, Typo-squatting, Cyber-squatting

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

There was an interesting article posted by Sure Systems, on microsoft.com concerning the long ongoing Web-scam of spoofed Web-sites that are often involved with phishing scams. Phishing is when cyber-criminals attempt to acquire users’ sensitive online information, usually bank and email-accounts and passwords.

typosquatting and cybersquattingThese cyber criminals utilize spoofed sites and other methods (including typo-squatting) to trick users into believing they are at their intended Web pages so they will enter online their personal information and the phishing program will forward that data to the cyber criminal and also forward the user to their actually intended Web-site.

What the Sure Systems article focuses primarily on educating users on how not to fall victim to these cyber-scams by using scam recognition and available programs/applications to decrease your chance of becoming victim to a cyber-criminal.

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Cyber-squatter Alf Temme Chronicles His Experiences as a Typo-squatting Defendant and Receives Tough Love from Readers

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

cybersquatting lawAlf Temme has had to face a number of trademark-infringement and cybersquatting actions brought against him mostly in relation to work on his start-up company Domain Name Consolidation Service (DNCS).  In his July 3rd guest-post on the SeattlePI, Temme wrote to inform audiences about DNCS, typo-squatting, and his version of the cyber-squatting suits that he’s faced while attempting to turn DNCS into a viable company.

DNCS was a Web-address consulting firm started by Temme with the aim of advising large corporations about what kinds of URLs they should register to both protect their brand and to avoid consumer confusion and dissatisfaction. By pre-registering domains, DNCS aimed to save these companies large amounts of money they’d likely have to spend down the road in costly litigation to retrieve domains which they should already have owned.

What Temme did was to compile a list of domain addresses he thought these large corporations should register and then he would show a smaller list (about 50% of the domains he thought the company needed to procure) to whomever he could pitch his business idea to within the corporation in the hopes they would hire DNCS for consultation on which domains to register.

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Bad News for Google, Facing Typo-squatting Lawsuit After its Motion for Summary Judgment was Denied

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Last Wednesday the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois’ Judge Blanche M. Manning handed down a decision to deny Google’s motion for summary judgment for a case that has been ongoing since 2007.

Judge Manning ruled that there were issues of material fact remaining pertaining to Google’s use of its AdSense program, in conjunction with the company Dotster, to display ads on domain names which are allegedly confusingly similar to registered trademarks. Google may still be found liable for damages because the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA)  imposes liability on anyone who licenses and uses sites with domain names similar to registered trademarks.

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Google’s AdSense program involved licensing domains from the domain registrar Dotster that were similar to registered trademarks and using those domains to display pay-per-click ads.

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