2 URS complaints filed for New gTLD domain names: bbva.guru and aeropostale.clothing

2 new URS complaints were filed at the National Arbitration Forum for New gTLD domain names:
aeropostale.clothing (filed on the 17th of February)
bbva.guru (filed on the 19th of February)

The first ever URS complaint was filed for the domain names ibm.ventures and ibm.guru by IBM and the domains were suspended just 6 days after the URS complaint.

The first ever UDRP Complaint filed for a New gTLD domain name was that for the domain Canyon.Bike that is still pending at WIPO.

Here are a few more details on the 2 new complaints:

aeropostale.clothing:
The URS complaint was filed by US clothing company Aéropostale, Inc. that has its trademark registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse. The domain name was registered on the 5th of February from someone from Texas, USA.

bbva.guru:
The URS complaint was filed by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. that is a multinational Spanish banking group. BBVA is the second largest bank in Spain. BBVA is also registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse. The domain name was registered on the 5th of February from someone from Barcelona, Spain.

So because both companies were registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse, both got an alert as soon as the 2 domain names were registered and reacted with a URS complaint very fast.

Through the URS Procedure ICANN offers a lower-cost, faster path to relief for rights holders experiencing clear-cut cases of infringement caused by domain name registrations. The URS filling fee at the National Arbitration Forum is $375 for up to 14 domain names. The URS can only lead to suspension of the domain names. The URS will not provide the transfer of the disputed domain name to the trademark holder. If the trademark owner wants to take ownership of and use the disputed domain, it should instead file a UDRP complaint or other legal action.

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About Konstantinos Zournas

Konstantinos studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London and lives in Athens, Greece. He works on domain names, websites and software development. Has been online since 1995 & domaining since 2002.

6 comments

  1. ” If the trademark owner wants to take ownership of and use the disputed domain, it should instead file a UDRP complaint or other legal action.”…..Good to know……………………What can a trademark owner do once a domain is suspended using URS? Can they retrieve for future use?….This seems to be very important for business’s going forward.

    • If complainant prevails in the URS then the domain remains in the ownership of the Respondent but it is inactive/suspended.
      If they want the domain they have to use UDRP.

      I haven’t checked if the owner can renew the domain or the domain will just expire.
      (And in the IBM case the 2 domains will enter the DPML block)

  2. Funny how donuts can sell the domains, and the DPML block to two different parties, double dipping?

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