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What is ‘Reverse Domain Name Hijacking’?

What is ‘Reverse Domain Name Hijacking’?

“Reverse Domain Name Hijacking” (RDNH) is a finding that a panel can make against a trademark owner in a case under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). RDNH Defined Specifically, according to the UDRP Rules, RDNH is defined as follows: “Reverse Domain Name Hijacking means using the [UDRP] in bad faith to attempt to deprive a registered domain-name holder of a domain name.” The Rules also state: “If after considering the submissions the Panel finds that the complaint was brought in bad faith, for example in an attempt at Reverse Domain Name Hijacking or was brought primarily... read more

When ‘Confusing Similarity’ in UDRP Cases Gets Confusing

The first element of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) requires a complainant to prove that the disputed domain name “is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the complainant has rights.” It’s unusual for a complainant to fail on this first of three prongs, but one recent case demonstrates just how uncertain the UDRP can be sometimes. ‘A Standing Requirement’ The first UDRP element has been called nothing more than “a standing requirement” by the WIPO Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions, Second Edition. Once a complainant has... read more

A Record Year for Domain Name Disputes?

With just a little more than three months left in 2016, the number of domain name disputes filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) appears to be headed for a record year. According to public data published on the WIPO website, the current number of domain name disputes filed this year (as of this writing, September 27, 2016) is 2,228 — which would indicate that the total might reach 3,011 cases by December 31. If that trend holds, the total would eclipse the previous most-active year of 2012, when 2,884 cases were filed. Of course, it is impossible... read more

Benefits and Challenges of Multiple Domain Names in a Single UDRP Complaint

How many domain names can be included in a single complaint under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP)? Neither the UDRP policy nor its corresponding rules directly address this issue, although the rules state that a “complaint may relate to more than one domain name, provided that the domain names are registered by the same domain-name holder.” As I have written before (see, “The Efficiency of Large UDRP Complaints“), there are obvious incentives for a trademark owner to include multiple domain names in a complaint. Chief among them: The filing per domain name can drop... read more

‘A whiz on all things to do with Internet law and domain names’

That’s what the World Trademark Review said about Doug Isenberg, founder of The GigaLaw Firm.

An attorney, entrepreneur, author, professor and domain name arbitrator, Doug helps companies of all sizes protect their brands on the Internet.

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Reclaim Your Domain; Retake Your Territory

The GigaLaw Firm uses a variety of legal tools to protect its clients against cybersquatters, infringers and other bad actors on the Internet:

Domain Name Disputes

Has someone else registered a domain name that is identical or confusingly similar to your trademark? Read more…

Copyright Infringement

Is someone copying text, images, music or software from your website? Read more…

Domain Name Transactions

Have you launched a new business or added a brand to an existing business? Read more…

Contracts and licenses

Are you creating or growing your Internet presence? Read more…