Geneva
07 November 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Porsche wins UDRP dispute


Porsche has won a Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy dispute at the World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Centre, putting a stop to the use of five infringing domain names.

In its complaint filed at the centre, Porsche claimed that UK-based Harun Hussain had filed each of the five domains,poschemiddlesbrough.com, porschesilverstone.com, porschestockton.com, porscheteesside.com and porschewolverhampton.com, with the clear intention of selling the disputed domain names.

Porsche explained that Hussain was engaging in a pattern of conduct preventing Porsche from reflecting its trademark in the disputed domain names.

Hussain did not reply to Porsche’s complaint.

In agreement with Porsche, sole panellist Andrew Christie found the domains to be infringing, based on Hussain’s knowledge of the Porsche trademark, as well as his use of porscheteesside.com to advertise the domain for sale.

On top of this, Christie found that the addition of a city or location in the domain did “not lessen the inevitable confusion of the disputed domain names with [Porsche’s] trademark”.

All five domain names were transferred to Porsche.

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