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MONDAY, 21 JANUARY 2008
WIPO: DHL got its name back

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The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center has ruled that DHL.name domain name should be transfered to its legitimate owner, DHL Operations B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands. Francine Tan, acting as sole panelist, had no problems finding that the defendant has registered contested domain name in bad faith.


In this case, the Respondent very likely knew of the Complainant’s trademark and reputation in the relevant industry and took advantage of this with a view to disrupt the Complainant’s business and/or to attract Internet users to its website for commercial gain. There can be no plausible explanation whatsoever for the Respondent’s choice of domain name and manner in which the website at “www.dhl.name” was presented.

The actions of the Respondent appear clearly to be deliberate and the Panel therefore has no difficulty in concluding that the domain name was registered and is being used in bad faith.

DHL Operations B.V. v. zhangyl, Case No. D2007-1653 from 10 January 2008.

Posted by: Tomasz Rychlicki @ 08.42
Tags: Bad faith, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center,
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