17 January 2018
Reporter: Barney Dixon

INTA wins in domain dispute

The International Trademark Association (INTA) has won a domain dispute over inta2018.org at the Alternative Dispute Resolution Forum.

According to INTA, the infringing domain resolved to a webpage that prominently stated ‘INTA International Trademark Association 140th Annual Meeting’ and offered users a “housing request form” that allowed them to book hotel rooms near the venue for INTA’s 2018 annual meeting. That page has since been taken down.

INTA explained that the domain was “confusingly similar” to its INTA trademark and that the original registrant had “no rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain name” and that it was being used in “bad faith”.

Sole panellist David Sorkin agreed with INTA, finding that the addition of ‘2018’ and ‘.org’ to the domain, did not substantially distinguish it from INTA’s trademark.

He also agreed that INTA had made a case that the registrant lacked rights and legitimate interests in the domain and the registrant had not responded to the dispute failing to provide any evidence of such rights or interests.

Finally, Sorkin ruled that the domain was registered in bad faith as it uses the INTA trademark to solicit hotel books in competition with INTA. The domain was transferred to INTA.

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