07 December 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Marlboro beats infringer in UDRP dispute

Marlboro has acquired seven infringing domain names in a dispute at the World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Centre.

The domains included,, and

Marlboro claimed that all the domains were owned by the same person and share the same email address. It also alleged that the domains resolved to pay-per-click websites and used the Marlboro trademark, despite having no rights or legitimate interests in it.

Sole panellist Fabrizio Bedarida said: “The Marlboro trademark, due to its renown, is not one that traders could legitimately adopt for commercial use other than for the purpose of creating an impression of an association with [Marlboro].”

He added: “Based on the evidence put forward by [Marlboro], the panel is of the opinion that the respondent was aware of the [Marlboro’s] trademark registrations and rights to the Marlboro mark when it registered the disputed domain names.”

Bedarida concluded: “The panel finds that the respondent knew of [Marlboro’s] marks and intentionally intended to create an association with [Marlboro] and its areas of business at the time of registration of the disputed domain names.”

More news
The latest news from IPPro The Internet
Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today and never
miss the latest news or an issue again

Subscribe now
INTA marks key 2017 achievements in annual report
21 February 2018 | New York | Reporter: Barney Dixon
INTA has highlighted its key achievements in 2017, including ever-increasing membership and a “record-breaking” annual meeting, in its 2017 annual report
UK launches trade secrets consultation
20 February 2018 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The UK IPO has launched a technical consultation on the EU trade secrets directive and its implementation into UK law
BakerHostetler hires IP partner
19 February 2018 | Los Angeles | Reporter: Barney Dixon
BakerHostetler has hired Troy Schmelzer as partner in its intellectual property group
ICANN rejects .corp, .home and .mail
19 February 2018 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
ICANN has halted the new gTLD applications for .corp, .home and .mail and agreed to refund applicants the full fee of $185,000
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton promotes four to partner
16 February 2018 | California | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton has promoted four intellectual property attorneys to partner across its Shanghai, San Diego and San Francisco offices
Man fined more than £500,000 for counterfeit selling
16 February 2018 | Stafford | Reporter: Barney Dixon
A man who bought counterfeit DVDs from China and sold them as genuine products on eBay has been fined £567,000 following 16 months of imprisonment
Memery Crystal hires IP and gambling partner
15 February 2018 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Memery Crystal has hired Carl Rohsler as partner in its London office