Michael Gleissner owner of several companies such as Bigfoot, Fashion One Television, and CKL Holdings lost its 5th UDRP complaint for the domain name flammea.com.
The complaint was brought at WIPO and it was against the owner of the domain name that was Paul Flammea.
You can all understand why Paul Flammea owned his last name in a .com domain name and that he owned it legally and without infringing any rights. This was a clear cut case of reverse domain name hijacking.
Michael Gleissner and CKL Holdings N.V. tried to steal the domain name from its rightful owner using a Community Trademark from the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, registered August 7, 2008. The disputed domain name was registered by Paul Flammea on September 4, 2006.
The complainant tried to trick the panel was saying that the domain was transferred to Paul Flammea somewhere between October 7, 2010 and September 6, 2011 which of course was not true.
The Complainant failed to prove that the Respondent did not have rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain name under paragraph 4(a)(ii) of the Policy:
The distinctive component of the disputed domain name is “flammea”, the evidence demonstrates convincingly that the Respondent’s family name is Flammea, and the Panel finds that he has been commonly known by that name.
The Complaint was of course denied for the sole panelist in the case.
This is actually the 5th UDRP complaint that Michael Gleissner and his many companies have lost. They have zero (0) wins so far.
They have also terminated 3 UDRP complaints after they realized they could not win including the domain name zero.com that is owned by Google and apollo.com. Just this last week they also terminated the complaint for the domain name gerodi.com. They also have 1 complaint that is still pending. (and maybe more)
Of course this all would not be possible without the help of his in house counsel at Bigfoot Entertainment, Jonathan Grant Morton and Roman Popov, and his trusted Trademarks Manager Marco Notarnicola. Marco claimed to be an expert in “manipulation of TMs and common law marks to achieve UDRP “reverse domain name hijacking” in his LinkedIn profile. (He has since changed that to “administration of trademarks and domains mechanics involving UDRP procedures.” but the screenshots will be forever.)