28 September 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

NatWest recovers infringing domains

NatWest has recovered nine infringing domains following a World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Centre dispute.

The disputed domain names included,,,,,,,,, and

NatWest explained that the infringing domains resolved to websites identical to its own and "display only minor, sequential changes”.

The websites used the same design, colour scheme, pictures and text, in an effort to confuse users and steal their personal information, according to NatWest

The original registrant did not respond to the complaint.

Sole panellist Clive Elliott said the registrant used “purposeful misspellings” of NatWest’s domains and that this amounted to typosquatting.

Elliott also discovered evidence of bad faith, finding that the registrant was “using the domain names to take bad faith advantage of Internet users who may wish to communicate with or use [NatWest] banking and related services and that these Internet users are likely to be attracted to the said pages or landing sites or other online presence and be misled as to their origins, sponsorship or association”.

The UK bank has held the NatWest trademark since 1973 and has rights in the UK, EU, Canada and the US.

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