4 January 2018
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Morgan Stanley recovers five domains

Morgan Stanley has recovered five domain names in a UDRP dispute at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum.

The domains, morganstanleycrypto.com, morganstanleybitcoin.com, morganstanleyeth.com, morganstanleybtc.com and morganstanleycryptocurrency.com, all contain the Morgan Stanley trademark, alongside generic terms and acronyms for cryptocurrencies.

Morgan Stanley accused the original registrant of the five domains, Orion Ross, of having no rights or legitimate interests in the domains and using them to take advantage and trade on the goodwill associated with the Morgan Stanley trademark.

The domains resolve to inactive websites, which sole panellist Kenneth Port said was evidence of Ross “failing to actively use the domain names”, demonstrating a lack of legitimate interests.

Port added that the addition of generic terms to the Morgan Stanley trademark is “insufficient to distinguish the disputed domain names from [Morgan Stanley’s] trademark”.

Finally, Port concluded that, given the fame of the Morgan Stanley trademark, Ross must have been aware of the trademark before he registered the domains, evidencing bad faith.

All five domains were returned to Morgan Stanley.

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