Google won a UDRP Complaint at the National Arbitration Forum for the domain name GlassGoogle.com. The owner from China has been using the domain name to sell glass artifacts via a website corresponding with the domain name.
Google had an easy UDRP win as the Respondent failed to submit a Response in this proceeding. Google used it’s “google” trademark registration to win the dispute. Google’s trademark application for the trademark GLASS with the United States Patent & Trademark Office is claiming a priority date of March 15, 2012 that is long after the domain GlassGoogle.com was registered. Accordingly, the panelist ordered the transfer of the domain name glassgoogle.com to Google.
Google probably went after this domain name as the Project Glass’s release is around the corner. Project Glass is a research and development program by Google to develop an augmented reality head-mounted display (HMD). Project Glass products would display information in smartphone-like format hands-free and could interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands.The operating system software used in the glasses will be Google’s Android. The product began testing in April 2012. The projected release date for the glasses is early 2013.
Amazingly Respondent registered the disputed domain name on March 28, 2010 long before the “project glass” was announced. Respondent registered the domain to take advantage of the Google mark in relation to his business selling glass artifacts.
ProjectGlass.com was registered before Google began product testing on the glasses and it displays eye glasses for sale.
While Google owns the domain name GoogleGlasses.com it doesn’t own these domains: ProjectGlassGoogle.com