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.
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;
Speculators suggest that Verizon’s recent change of tactics could be a result of the location of the cybersquatted domains being foreign, thus making it harder to get a judgment against the trademark infringing domains via US court system.
For more information on Verizon’s fight against cybersquatters to protect its intellectual property rights check out any of these;
Domains Dispute Alert: A federal court in Northern California has awarded $33.15 million in a default judgment to Verizon Communications in what the company is calling the largest cybersquatting judgment ever