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Date of First Use in Commerce in Application for Trademark Not Evidence

As a general rule, there can be no bad faith registration of a domain name registered prior to the existence of a trademark. For a complainant to prevail on the first requirement that it has a trademark right, the date of first use in commerce disclosed in the application must pre-date the registration of the […]

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Non Disclosure of Beneficial Owner of Domain Name as a Factor Pointing to Bad Faith Registration and Use

The “use of a privacy or proxy registration service is not in and of itself an indication of bad faith … [but] the manner in which such service is used can in certain circumstances constitute a factor indicating bad faith.” WIPO Overview 2.0 paragraph 3.9. The second sentence has in mind registrar’s failure after it […]

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Missing Evidence in Failing to Prove Prima Facie Case

Panels early recognized that complainant could likely not marshal conclusive proof that respondent lacked rights or legitimate interests in the domain name because the evidence was under the respondent’s custody and control. The solution agreed upon within a few months of the inception of the UDRP proceedings was to lower the proof bar and shift […]

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