Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), S.A. filed yet another URS complaint on a New gTLD domain names yesterday. BBVA is the New gTLD applicant for .bbva. This time a URS complaint was filed for 5 domain names, all pretty worthless:
All 5 domains were registered by someone from London, Great Britain. The same person has already registered more similar domains:
This complaints comes when I thought that BBVA wouldn’t file for any other complaints…
On the 19th of February BBVA, a multinational Spanish banking group and the second largest bank in Spain, filed a URS complaint for the domain name bbva.guru and then they filed another URS complaint for the domain name bbva.ventures.
All 3 URS complaints were filed at the National Arbitration Forum that is the only URS provider at this time.
BBVA is registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse. The domain name was registered on the 5th of February from someone from Barcelona, Spain.
Because BBVA is registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse, it got an alert as soon as the domain name was registered and reacted with a URS complaint very fast. But they haven’t bought the Donuts DPML block so anyone can register a “bbva” domain name at any time.
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.
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.