Discussion in 'Domain Name Disputes' started by Whois-Search, Apr 30, 2007.
Some 'interesting' quotes in this one:
I note http://webwhois.nic.uk/cgi-bin/whois.cgi?query=skunkworks.co.uk has been updated recently - indicating a move?
As for the decision - reading it through thinking of the Playboy Racing one does make me wonder if the DRS depends on which 'expert' you are assigned. Hopefully the review will sort this out
There is also an appeal pending on DRS 04194 www.skunkworks-uk.co.uk which is another company:
Yes Claire Milne does a good job (see http://www.nominet.org.uk/digitalAssets/766_itunes.pdf) then again shes not a trademark lawyer:
Generic and likelyhood of confusion
Two important points:-
Experts looked for evidence that the term was generic
Considered the likelyhood of confusion
This story seems to be making the news:
The Money Times, India
Simple case, no harmful intention and honest use. The case should come out as it is. There is no confusion as the mark is not famous in UK. It is interesting as to why uk skunkworks not allege an abusive of proceeding by Lockheed Martin. It is quite obvious that LHM wants to use its trade mark power to reverse hijack the domain name.
The decision was in a news because of LHM. It's big and it holds a strong trade mark, that's it. At least, nominet has shown some difference from the WIPO's panel.
rights are two way
One must remember rights are a two way thing...
rights in a domain name are without any suffiix (if we are to believe the experts)
Acceptable confusion can occur if a later rights holder takes advatange of the prior domain name rights holder.... the unknown is to what degree this is allowed.....what is deemed unfair
mere registration does in fact gain goodwill (against popular belief) on registration is gets indexed and gains credibility with the most important marketing tools on this earth ie. search engines.....a holding page creates a saleable commodity.
Bong man’s victory over US arms giant
http://www.bexleytimes.co.uk/conten...y=newsbxy&itemid=WeED10 May 2007 13:31:11:920
My professional opinion is that Nominet's experts are out of their depth and the DRS system is open to "professional" abuse by domain hijackers. And O boy is it being abused.
Good on you for the appeal, best of luck.
I agree large corporations are using the DRS to try and reverse hijack names.
However IMO Claire Milne got it right in that case.
Also i'm not the bong man
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