Indeed claimed that the domain was being used in bad faith to attract legitimate users for commercial gain.
Sole panelist Paul DeCicco said that the original owner of the domain, Zhiteng Sun, was likely aware of Indeed’s reputation and trademarks at the time of registration, evidencing bad faith and that the domain was “confusingly similar’ to Indeed’s trademark.
He explained that Sun was imitating Indeed’s website design and exploiting its trademark to confuse internet users and make them believe that the infringing website was associated with Indeed.
DeCicco also discovered evidence of typosquatting, as the infringing domain was a misspelling of the Indeed trademark, substituting a lowercase “L” for an uppercase “I”.
He confirmed that these differences were insufficient to distinguish one from the other.
DeCicco concluded that Sun was not authorised to use the Indeed trademark in any capacity and transferred the domain back to Indeed.