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Taking a Second Bite: Rehearing a Decided Case

The UDRP has no specific rules for rehearing or reconsidering a complaint. It is one of those legal issues left to the ingenuity of panelists and authorized by Rule 15(a): “A Panel shall decide a complaint on the basis of “any rules and principles of law that it deems applicable.” This is precisely what the […]

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Noteworthy Domain Name Decisions for 2016

Mr. Levine is the author of a treatise on trademarks, domain names, and cybersquatting, Domain Name Arbitration, A Practical Guide to Asserting and Defending Claims of Cybersquatting under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. (2015, 558 pages). Learn more about the book at Legal Corner Press. Available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Ongoing […]

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Certifying to Merit of Cybersquatting Claim Where There is None

There is no merit to the belief held by some trademark owners that domain names corresponding to trademarks infringe their exclusive rights on the Internet regardless the date of registration. For the ACPA the threshold issue is whether the trademark was “distinctive at the time of the registration of the domain name.” Although no such […]

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When is Re-Registration or Renewal of Registration Actionable Under the ACPA?

Jysk Bed’N Linen v. Dutta-Roy , 13-15309 (11th Cir. December 16, 2015) The answer to the question posed by the title is that it depends on the facts to which the abstract principles we call law are subservient. I don’t think anyone would disagree it would be nonsensical for courts to announce judicial rulings independent […]

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Entitlement to Short Letter Domain Names

Claims of cybersquatting for registering and holding two and three letter domain names have a history dating back to the first year of the operation of the UDRP. The earliest examples are <>, Tenenhaus Philippe v. Telepathy, Inc, 94355 (Nat. Arb. Forum May 17, 2000), and <> Kis v. Ltd, D2000-0770 (WIPO November 20, […]

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UDRP is Niche Forum for Cybersquatting, Not Trademark Infringement

The UDRP is not a general court for trademark infringement, but a niche forum for a particular kind of infringement. It authorizes Panels to determine whether domain names incorporating a complainants’ trademarks violate the terms of s respondent’s warranty, i.e. that it “will not infringe upon or otherwise violate the rights of any third-party.” The […]

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Domain Names Combining Complainant’s Marks with Marks of Third Parties

Where there are multiple, related complainants each will be entitled to the domain name in which it has a right and a right to the remedy it elects. However, where the accused domain name is composed of trademarks owned by different parties, but only one is complaining the question turns on whether the complainant is […]

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Passive Holding of Domain Name Not Grounds for Forfeiture

It is an interesting phenomenon that complainants and their counsel continue to believe that trademark owners have greater rights to corresponding domain names than domain name holders who have priority of registration. Their arguments unfold in a familiar line of false reasoning that inactivity of use and renewal of registration (to take just two contentions) […]

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Do Changes in the Whois Registry Amount to New Registration?

Some trademark owners see changes in the Whois Registry as an opportunity to seize control of domain names corresponding to their trademarks. The issue boils down to the identity of the domain name holder; whether it is the same or different person than the original registrant. This is important because intentions of successors who have […]

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Dictionary Words Generic; In Compound Distinctive

Dictionary words are generic when employed denotatively for their ascribed meanings, therefore incapable of trademark status, but can nevertheless acquire distinction if used connotatively as arbitrary or suggestive symbols. It follows too that  compounds composed of generic terms are not condemned to being generic simply because of their parts; can in fact be distinctive and […]

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