ACPA Cases

Domain name owner lawsuits under the ACPA will stop a UDRP order for a  domain name transfer while a court hears the matter and makes decision on the merits or the case settles.

The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d), is a U.S. law enacted in 1999 that established a cause of action for registering, trafficking in, or using a domain name confusingly similar to, or dilutive of, a trademark or personal name.

Cybertelecom :: Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act Providing Legislative History, Caselaw, and References

(d)Cyberpiracy prevention

(1)

(A)person shall be liable in a civil action by the owner of a mark, including a personal name which is protected as a mark under this section, if, without regard to the goods or services of the parties, that person

(i)

has a bad faith intent to profit from that mark, including a personal name which is protected as a mark under this section; and

(ii)registers, traffics in, or uses a domain name that—

(I)

in the case of a mark that is distinctive at the time of registration of the domain name, is identical or confusingly similar to that mark;

(II)

in the case of a famous mark that is famous at the time of registration of the domain name, is identical or confusingly similar to or dilutive of that mark; or

(III)

is a trademark, word, or name protected by reason of section 706 of title 18 or section 220506 of title 36.

(B)

(i)In determining whether a person has a bad faith intent described under subparagraph (A), a court may consider factors such as, but not limited to—

(I)

the trademark or other intellectual property rights of the person, if any, in the domain name;

(II)

the extent to which the domain name consists of the legal name of the person or a name that is otherwise commonly used to identify that person;

(III)

the person’s prior use, if any, of the domain name in connection with the bona fide offering of any goods or services;

(IV)

the person’s bona fide noncommercial or fair use of the mark in a site accessible under the domain name;

(V)

the person’s intent to divert consumers from the mark owner’s online location to a site accessible under the domain name that could harm the goodwill represented by the mark, either for commercial gain or with the intent to tarnish or disparage the mark, by creating a likelihood of confusion as to the source, sponsorship, affiliation, or endorsement of the site;

(VI)

the person’s offer to transfer, sell, or otherwise assign the domain name to the mark owner or any third party for financial gain without having used, or having an intent to use, the domain name in the bona fide offering of any goods or services, or the person’s prior conduct indicating a pattern of such conduct;

(VII)

the person’s provision of material and misleading false contact information when applying for the registration of the domain name, the person’s intentional failure to maintain accurate contact information, or the person’s prior conduct indicating a pattern of such conduct;

(VIII)

the person’s registration or acquisition of multiple domain names which the person knows are identical or confusingly similar to marks of others that are distinctive at the time of registration of such domain names, or dilutive of famous marks of others that are famous at the time of registration of such domain names, without regard to the goods or services of the parties; and

(IX)

the extent to which the mark incorporated in the person’s domain name registration is or is not distinctive and famous within the meaning of subsection (c).

(ii)

Bad faith intent described under subparagraph (A) shall not be found in any case in which the court determines that the person believed and had reasonable grounds to believe that the use of the domain name was a fair use or otherwise lawful.

(C)

In any civil action involving the registration, trafficking, or use of a domain name under this paragraph, a court may order the forfeiture or cancellation of the domain name or the transfer of the domain name to the owner of the mark.

(D)

person shall be liable for using a domain name under subparagraph (A) only if that person is the domain nameregistrant or that registrant’s authorized licensee.

(E)

As used in this paragraph, the term “traffics in” refers to transactions that include, but are not limited to, sales, purchases, loans, pledges, licenses, exchanges of currency, and any other transfer for consideration or receipt in exchange for consideration.

WIPO’s List of UDRP-related Court Cases

This list of select court cases known to have been issued following a UDRP decision, as of August 10, 2018.

Court referenceDomain Name(s)UDRP Case Number
Marchex Sales Inc. v. Tecnologia Barcaria S.A., Case 14-cv-01306, E.D. Va., June 15, 2015 (Court Order)
[United States]
banco24horas.com
banco24horas.net
WIPO Case No:
D2014-0834
Jeffrey Walter v. Ville de Paris, Case No. 4:09-CV-3939, United States District Court for Southern District of Texas, September 14, 2012 (Default Judgement)
[United States of America]
parvi.orgWIPO Case No:
D2009-1278
GOPETS LTD., a limited liability Korean corporation v. EDWARD HISE, an individual, and JOSEPH HISE, an individual; DIGITAL OVERTURE, INC., a California corporation (Court Order)
[United States of America]
gopets.comWIPO Case No:
D2006-0636
Tucows.Com Co. v. Lojas Renner S.A., 2011 ONCA 548 (Disposition)
[Canada]
renner.comWIPO Case No:
D2009-0637
Neon Network, LLC v. Aspis Liv Forsakrings, No. CV-08-1188-PHX-DGC, United States District Court, Arizona, June 22, 2009
[United States of America]
aspis.comWIPO Case No:
D2008-0387
Pankajkumar Patel v Allos Theraputics Inc, High Court of Justice Chancery Division, Claim No: HC07C01730, June 13, 2008 (2008 WL 2442985)
[United Kingdom]
allostherapeutics.comWIPO Case No:
D2007-0521
Patel v Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc & Others, High Court of Justice Chancery Division, 2006 EWHC 3461 (Ch), November 30, 2006 (Judgment)
[United Kingdom]]
endo-pharmaceuticals.comNAF FA642131
MailPlanet.com, Inc. v. Lo Monaco Hogar, S.L., Case No. 08-11402-G U.S. U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
[United States of America]
lomonaco.comWIPO Case No:
D2005-0896
Gioacchino Zerbo v. Microsoft Corporation, La Corte d’Appello di Milano, July 13, 2006
[Italy]
internetexplorer.comWIPO Case No:
D2005-0644
Junghu Kang v. Myspace, Inc., Seoul Central District Court, August 30, 2007
[Republic of Korea]
myspce.comNAF FA672160
Victoria’s Secret Stores, et al., v. Artco Equipment Company, Inc. Case No. C-2-01-198, United States District Court, S.D. Ohio, Eastern Division, March 27, 2002
[United States of America]
victoriassecrets.netNAF FA94342
Marqueze Producciones, S.L. v. Carlos Sanz Valbuena, Judgement: 00204-2003, September 26, 2003
[Spain]
marqueze.comWIPO Case No:
D2002-0974
Kim Hae Sook v. Crédit Commercial de France, Korean Supreme Court, February 1, 2008
[Republic of Korea]
hsbcccf.com
ccfhsbc.com
WIPO Case No:
D2002-0094
Maruti.com v. Maruti Udyog Ltd., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61690 (D. Md. 2006)
[United States of America]
maruti.comWIPO Case No:
D2003-0073
NBC Universal, Inc. v. NBCUNIVERSAL.com, 378 F. Supp. 2d 715 (D. Va. 2005)
[United States of America]
nbcuniversal.comWIPO Case No:
D2004-0764
Kim Yong Hwan v. Hewlett-Packard Company, Korean Supreme Court, April 24, 2008
[Republic of Korea]
hpweb.comNAF FA95358
Société des Produits Nestlé S.A v. Pro Fiducia Treuhand AG, Tribunal fédéral 4C.376/2004 (Court decision of January 21, 2005)
[Switzerland]
maggi.comWIPO Case No:
D2001-0916
Moniseur Michel LE P et l’association Internationale des Concours de Beauté pour les Pays Francophones v. Société Miss France et Comité La Société Miss France et l’Association Comite Miss France, Miss Europe, Miss Univers, Cour D’Appel de Paris 1ère chambre, section C no.2002/20314
[France]
missfrance.biz
miss-france.org
miss-france.net
missfrance.info
missfrance.tv
WIPO Case No:
D2002-0695
Nike, Inc. v. Circle Group Internet, Inc., No. 02-C-7192 (N.D. Ill. May 21 2004)
[United States of America]
justdoit.netWIPO Case No:
D2002-0544
Haixin Jiang v. Koninklijke Philips Electronics N. V., Second Shanghai Intermediate People’s Court, December 24, 2003
[China]
philipscis.comWIPO Case No:
D2002-0655
[Delikomat Betriebsverpflegung Gesellschaft m.b.H.] v. [Alexander Lehner], Austrian Supreme Court decision of March 16 2004, 4 Ob 42/04m
[Austria]
delikomat.comWIPO Case No:
D2001-1447
Miguel Garcia Quintas v. Eresmas Interactiva, SA / Alehop Internet, SL, (Ordinary Proceeding 179/2003) First Instance Court no.71 of Madrid
[Spain]
alehop.comWIPO Case No:
D2001-0949
Storey v. Cello Holdings, L.L.C., 182 F. Supp. 2d 355 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 23, 2002) vacated, remanded, No. 02-7281, 2003 U.S. App. LEXIS 20611 (2nd Cir. October 9, 2003)
[United States of America]
cello.comeRes AF-0506
Digital Marketing Support ApS v. Dagbladet Børsen A/S, Maritime and Commercial Court in Copenhagen, August 26, 2003
[Denmark]
borsen.com
boersen.com
WIPO Case No:
D2000-1836
ERESMAS INTERACTIVA, S.A v. Excelentisimo Ayuntamiento de Barcelona, 189 F. Supp. 2d 367, 63 U.S.P.Q.2d 1189 (E.D. Va. Feb. 22, 2002) rev’d, vacated, remanded, 330 F.3d 617, 67 U.S.P.Q.2d 1025 (4th Cir. Va. June 2, 2003)
[United States of America]
barcelona.comWIPO Case No:
D2000-0505
Int’l Bancorp, LLC v. Société des Bains de Mer et du Cercle des Étrangers à Monaco, 192 F. Supp. 2d 467, 62 U.S.P.Q.2d 1621 (E.D. Va. Mar. 25, 2002) aff’d, 329 F.3d 359, 66 U.S.P.Q.2d 1705 (4th Cir. Va. May 19, 2003)
[United States of America]
livemonacocasino.com
monacogaming.com
monacogaming.net
monte-carlocasino.net
montecarlocasinoonline.com
montecarlocasinoonline.net
montecarlogambling.net
montecarlogames.com
montecarlogames.net
montecarlojackpot.com
montecarlojackpot.net
montecarloonlinecasino.com
montecarloonlinecasino.net
sexycasinomontecarlo.com
sexymontecarlocasino.com
sexymontecarlocasino.net
webcasinomontecarlo.com
monacocasinos.com
montecarlocasinos.net
thecasinomontecarlo.com
themontecarlocasino.com
casinosmontecarlo.com
e-montecarlocasino.com
monte-carlo-casino.com
montecarlo-casino.com
montecarlocasino.net
montecarlocasino.org
casinomontecarlo.com
montecarlocasinos.com
casinodemontecarlo.com
casinomonte-carlo.com
casinomontecarlo.net
casinomontecarlo.org
e-casinomontecarlo.com
lecasinodemontecarlo.com
lecasinomontecarlo.com
lemontecarlocasino.com
monte-carlocasino.com
montecarlogambling.com
casino-montecarlo.net
casinodemontecarlo.net
casinomonte-carlo.net
casinomonte-carlo.org
casinomontecarloonline.com
casinosmontecarlo.net
casinosmontecarlo.org
e-casinomontecarlo.net
e-montecarlocasino.net
ecasinomontecarlo.com
ecasinomontecarlo.net
emontecarlocasino.com
emontecarlocasino.net
WIPO Case Nos:
D2000-1323
D2000-1326
D2000-1327
D2000-1328
D2000-1315
America Online Latino v. America Online, Inc., 250 F. Supp. 2d 351 (S.D.N.Y. March 13, 2003)
[United States of America]
americaonlinelatino.comWIPO Case No:
D2001-0957
Retail Services, Inc. v. Freebies Publishing, 247 F. Supp. 2d 822, (E.D. Va. Feb. 27, 2003)
[United States of America]
freebie.comNAF FA0204000112565
Dluhos v. Strasberg, 00-CV-3163 (D. N.J. Aug. 31, 2001) aff’d in part, rev’d and remanded in part, 321 F.3d 365, 5 U.S.P.Q.2d 1842, 65 U.S.P.Q.2d 1842 (3d Cir. N.J. Feb. 20, 2003)
[United States of America]
leestrasberg.comNAF FA0094909
International Services Incorporated, Internet Billions Domains v. Venetian Casino Resort LLC, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11805, C.A. 01-5417 (E.D. Pa. May 31, 2002)
[United States of America]
VenetianCasino.comWIPO Case No:
D2001-0678
Bord v. Banco de Chile, No. 02-1360-A (E.D.Va. May 15, 2002)
[United States of America]
bancochile.comWIPO Case No:
D2001-0695
Javier García Quintas v. Cortefiel, S.A., (Sentencia de la Audiencia Provincial de Las Palmas, de fecha de 3 de mayo de 2002)
[Spain]
cortefiel.comWIPO Case No:
D2000-0141
Eurotech, Inc. v. Cosmos European Travels, No. 01-1689-A, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3984 (E.D. Va. Mar. 6, 2002)
[United States of America]
cosmos.comWIPO Case No:
D2001-0941
Sallen v. Corinthians Licenciamentos Ltda., No. 00-11555-WGY, 2000 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19976, (Mass. Dist. Ct. Dec. 19, 2000) rev’d, 273 F.3d 14 (1st Cir. Dec. 5, 2001)
[United States of America]
corinthians.comWIPO Case No:
D2000-0461
Victoria’s Cyber Secret Limited Partnership v. V Secret Catalogue, Inc., 161 F. Supp. 2d (S.D. Fla. Sept. 10, 2001)
[United States of America]
victoriassexysecret.com
victoriassexsecret.com
NAF FA0096536
Strick Corp. v. Strickland, 162 F. Supp. 2d 372 (E.D. Pa. Aug. 27, 2001)
[United States of America]
strick.comNAF FA0094801
Easthaven, Ltd. v. Nutrisystem.com Inc., 202 D.L.R.4th 560 (Ontario Super. Ct. J. Aug. 15, 2001);
Nutrisystem.com, Inc. v. Easthaven, Ltd., 58 U.S.P.Q.2d 1160 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 16, 2000)
[Canada]
sweetsuccess.comCPR CPR-012
Registral.com, LLC v. Fisher Controls International, Inc., No. H-01-1423, 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10002 (S.D. Tex. June 28, 2001)
[United States of America]
fisher.comNAF FA0096749
Referee Enterprises, Inc. v. Planet Ref, Inc., No. 00-C-1391, 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9303 (E.D. Wis. Jan. 24, 2001)
[United States of America]
ereferee.org
ereferee.net
ereferee.com
NAF FA0094707
Famology.com, Inc. v. Perot Systems Corp., 158 F. Supp. 2d 589 (E.D. Pa. June 19, 2001)
[United States of America]
rossperot.comNAF FA0094725
Virtual Countries, Inc. v. Republic of South Africa, 148 F. Supp. 2d 256 (S.D.N.Y. June 18, 2001)
[United States of America]
Parisi v. Netlearning, Inc., 139 F. Supp. 2d 745 (E.D. Va. May 10, 2001)
[United States of America]
netlearning.comNAF FA0095471
Virtuality L.L.C. v. Bata Ltd., 138 F. Supp. 2d 677 (D. Md. Apr. 3, 2001)
[United States of America]
powershoes.net
powershoes.org
powershoes.com
DeC AF-0289
Purple Interactive Ltd. v. Formula One Licensing, No. C 00-2222 MMC, 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2968 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 6, 2001)
[United States of America]
f1.comWIPO Case No:
D2000-0193
Armitage Hardware & Building Supply, Inc. v. Weber-Stephen Products Co., 54 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1766 (N.D. Ill. May 3, 2000)
[United States of America]
webergrills.com
webergrill.com
weber-grills.com
weber-grill.com
webergrillsource.com
webergrillstore.com
webergrillshowroom.com
webergrills-ah.com
webgrills.com
web-grills.com
WIPO Case No:
D2000-0187

WIPO has even dared to delete some of the cases it previously listed, such as:

Leap of Faith Financial Services Inc. v. MICYS
Company S.p.A, Court File No. CV-12-454767, Ontario
Superior Court of Justice, March 11, 2013 (Court Order)
[Canada]
pupa.com WIPO Case No:
D2012-0874
(Terminated by
Panel)

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