Gripe Site Prevails in Domain Cybersquatting Case

Jacqui Cheng of Law & Disorder reports on the results of cybersquatting case where the defendant prevailed because it was a website that was critical of the trademark owner.  The article begins:

“A gripe site that incorporates a company’s entire trademark into its domain is still protected under the First Amendment, a US District Judge has ruled. In the case of Career Agents Network v., the judge said that the gripe site made no effort to bolster its own business and was noncommercial, therefore protecting it from Career Agents Network’s trademark claims and cybersquatting accusations.”

See the federal district court opinion.

How to Lose a Cybersqatting Case against a Serial Cybersquatter

Digital Media Lawyer Blog:  “It seems unthinkable.  How can a business that has registered and used a trademark for a decade lose an ACPA case against a serial cybersquatter who has been adjudicated to have used the mark at issue in bad faith?  The fact is that it can and does happen.  When a plaintiff sues under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, it must prove that it owns a valid trademark. 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d).  This means that an ACPA suit puts the validity of the plaintiff’s trademark at issue. And if the defendant chooses to put up a fight, the end result of an ACPA suit can be that the plaintiff’s trade name loses protection as a trademark.  This was the result in American Blind. It also may be the result in Lahoti v. Vericheck.”

Domain Names: Federal Court or UDRP Arbitration?

Attorney David Johnson, author of the Digital Media Lawyer Blog, wrote an interesting article on a trademark holder’s choice of forum when seeking to obtain a domain name from a cybersquatter.  The action may be a lawsuit in federal court or an arbitration under ICANN’s Uniform Dispute Resolution Procedure.  The article is titled “Federal Court or UDRP Arbitration? How the Forum that Decides a Domain Name Dispute Can Make a Big Difference in the Results.”

Combatants in cybersquatting or domain name disputes are often not aware of the great degree to which the result they get depends on the judicial body that makes the decision. A clear illustration of how forum choice affects results can be seen in the widely varying deference given by the different judicial bodies to a defendant’s assertion of a “laches” defense to a cybersquatting complaint.

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