Reseller's Right to Use Supplier's Mark in a Domain Name
Domain name conflicts often arise over whether a reseller can have a legitimate interest in a URL including a supplier's trademark. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization's "Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions," a reseller can be making a bona fide offering of goods and services, and thus have a legitimate interest in the domain name if the use fits certain requirements, including
- the use of the site to actually sell only the supplier's goods
- the site accurately disclosing the registrant’s relationship with the trademark owner,
- the respondent not trying to corner the market in domain names that reflect the trademark.