WEDNESDAY, 30 APRIL 2008
The WIPO arbitration panel has ruled that fifteen domain names which included different variations of T-Mobile or T-online phrases had been registered in bad faith and ordered that those domains be transferred to their legitimate owner Deutsche Telekom AG, of Munich, Germany. Warwick Smith, acting as sole panelist, ruled that
"The use of the letter "t" at the beginning of each of the Domain Names, and the use of the abbreviation "de", are also clear indicators of both prior knowledge of the Complainant and its marks, and bad faith intent. First, the uses of the words "mobile" and "online" in all of the Domain Names, direct the reader’s attention to the fields of mobile telecommunications and the Internet respectively. The use of the letter "t" in all of the Domain Names, then directs Internet users’ attention to the Complainant, a leading player in the mobile telecommunications and ISP markets, which has adopted the letter "T" as the distinctive part of its relevant trade marks. The use of the abbreviation "de" (the country code top level domain for the Complainant’s home country, Germany) in many of the Domain Names removes any possible doubt that the registration of the Domain Names was intended to bring the Complainant and its businesses to the minds of Internet users reading the Domain Names. The Panel also accepts the Complainant’s submission that the registration of such a high number of similar domain names at once, makes it highly improbable that any person registering or acquiring the Domain Names would not have appreciated the connections between the Domain Names and the Complainant and its businesses.
Deutsche Telekom AG v. Andrew Miller, Case No. D2008-0296 of 17 April 2008.
Previous cases reported by Class46 regarding T-mobile trademarks include Deutsche Telekom AG v Piotr Rusinowski, Case No. D2007-1707, from 23 January 2008.