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Archived updates for Friday, December 16, 2005

Dubious Domain Name Defenses from the WIPO Archives

Kudos to Kevin Shay at for finding "close to 100 cases culled at great personal expense from the WIPO archives where you’ll see some of the outlandish ways people have tried to convince an Administrative Panel they have a right to a domain name," such as

Case: D2000-0308
Complainant: The University of Oxford
Respondent: DR Seagle
The Defense: "My name is Oxford University."

Case: D2000-1638
Complainant: Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV
Respondent: Ramazan Goktas
The Defense: "Mr Goktas alleges that the name "Philip" is generic and that it is unreasonable for Philips to seek to monopolise it. . . . In a somewhat contradictory fashion, he also argues that he intended to use the name for a [nonprofit?] travel site based on the trading title 'Philip’s Organisation'."

and . . .

Case: D2002-0718
Complainant: ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd
Respondent: Yvonne Bienen, Bienen Enterprises
The Defense: "Mr. Ekman says that he attempted to create a website and association for people who appreciate women's 'breasts and derrieres'. The name of the site was "World Wide Web Association of Breasts and Buttocks."

If you come across any amusing WIPO UDRP decisions, then please send them to Kevin via bergerber [AT] staggernation [DOT] com.
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