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Recovering Lapsed Domain Names

For a complainant to succeed in recapturing a lapsed domain name it must both anticipate and overcome respondent’s rebuttal that it has rights or legitimate interests in the domain name. To fail on the prima facie case is to fail utterly because failure ends the case. Geographic proximity may make a difference in the assessment […]

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Registrability of Words Standing Alone in Design Trademarks

Design trademarks combine figurative element(s) with word(s). The words may or may not be registrable standing alone. That they are or are not registrable is critical to determining confusing similarity. Non registrable terms are non-actionable because they fall into a category that cannot take on trademark status. The outcome of words disclaimed is more obvious; […]

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Allegations Alone are not Proof of a Trademark Right; Subsidiary Must Prove Consent

Although timing of a trademark registration is not a factor for standing it is critical in assessing bad faith. Unless complainant is able to persuasively demonstrate that its commercial persona preceded registration of the domain name the complaint must be dismissed since no amount of post-registration reputation can overcome evidence that the trademark was nonexistent […]

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