Geneva
09 March 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Rockefeller strikes oil with 26 domain names


Rockefeller has recovered 26 domain names from a prolific cybersquatter.

The domain names all contained the misspelled variations of ‘Rockefellar’, combined with generic terms such as ‘wealth’, across multiple TLDs, including .com and .xyz.

Some of the domains contained the Rockefeller mark. All of the domains redirected to www.scots.tv.

Sole World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center panellist John McElwaine found that the domains infringed investment management firm Rockefeller & Co’s trademarks, and were filed in bad faith.

McElwaine ruled: “Bad faith registration can be found where respondents ‘knew or should have known’ of complainant’s trademark rights and nevertheless registered a domain name in which he had no right or legitimate interest.”

“The respondent must have known of the complainant’s well-known Rockefeller marks, when it selected to register domain names such as rockafellars.org, rockafellarcapital.com and rockafellarswealth.com.”

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