Geneva
19 April 2017
Reporter: Mark Dugdale

Moncler stitches up cybersquatter


Luxury apparel brand Moncler has sawn up 148 domain names registered in bad faith.

World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center panellist Warwick Rothnie ordered on 10 April that the domains, all containing the Moncler trademark followed by a descriptive or geographical element, be transferred to the luxury brand.

All but two of the domains, which were registered by an individual with links to France and Japan, resolved to websites that offered Moncler products for sale.

According to Moncler, the websites were unauthorised and likely offered counterfeit products. The Moncler Clio, a short jacket for woman, retails at €1,150 on the brand’s own website, but the sites hosted on the disputed domains offered it at €332.

The remaining two domain names, monclermadrid.info and monclermadrid.biz, resolved to parking pages that included click-through links for clothing brands other than those of Moncler.

Rothnie ruled: “The respondent has registered 148 disputed domain names based on the complainant's Moncler trademark in the space of two months. The panel has no hesitation in finding that in doing so the respondent has engaged in a pattern of conduct aimed at preventing the complainant from reflecting its trademark in a domain name.”

“Most importantly, the respondent has engaged in that conduct in circumstances where it has no rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain names.”

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