Transfer of the domain

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center today published a decision of 29 November 2007, in which it ruled that the domain "" should to be transferred to the complainant, the German Deutsche Bahn AG. Deutsche Bahn AG is an international transport and logistic company, registered as a private corporation and the owner of several national, European and International trade marks related to DEUTSCHE BAHN, BAHN or DB. The respondent in the proceedings had no trade mark rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name. The WIPO panel came to the conclusion

"... that the Respondent’s sole intention appears to attract Internet users to sponsored links in order to generate pay-per-click revenue by creating a likelihood of confusion with the Complainant’s mark. Such behaviour, which is presumably also preventing the Complainant from reflecting its trademark in a corresponding domain name, indicates bad faith."

Case ref: Deutsche Bahn AG v Giocchino Zerbo; Case No. D2007-1490

Posted by: Birgit Clark @ 13.45
Tags: Domain names, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center,
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