Domain Name Disputes – The Battle Is Joined

March 2007


There was a time when it seemed that powerful trademark holders generally prevailed when they sought the transfer of Internet domain names that contained their trademarks. However, recent decisions show that domain name registrants have a fighting chance. This does not mean that trademark holders will not succeed when they seek the transfer of domain names that incorporate their marks – far from it. Yet, recent arbitration results stand for the proposition that domain registrants can try to fight off trademark holders when they can show legitimate uses for their domain names and lack of bad faith. This article is a useful overview of recent ICANN arbitration panel decisions by Eric Sinrod, looking at the marks ‘’ and ‘’

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