“…a respondent may well have a right to a domain name “apple” if it uses it for a genuine site for apples but not if the site is aimed at selling computers or MP3 players, for example, or an inappropriate other purpose.” This example, contained in the overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions (“Wipo Overview 2.0”) eloquently shows some of the many legal issues related to domain names.

Notwithstanding the challenging issues deriving from the interaction between domain names and trademarks at a national and global basis, it is also important to consider that generic and descriptive domain names (as called “premium domain names”) may be legitimately traded in the market, as they are indeed.

Premium domain names therefore consists in a very particular and important intangible assets, the management of which involves the knowledge of technical and (international) legal aspects. WebLegal presides over these aspects.

Roberto Manno serves as panelist for “.eu” and “.it” disputes resolutions. Many of the White List Team members are also fellows in the “.eu” dispute resolution center, the Czech Arbitration Court at the Czech Chamber of Commerce, in Prague. Roberto Manno is author since 2003 of several articles on domain names as well as other Internet law matters (they are available in the “Interlex articles” section) and participated, as both attorney and panelist, in many national / international proceedings.

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Recent decisions about "domain name":

UDRP – ARCERLORMITTAL.COM – TYPOSQUATTING

On 3 July 2017 , acting as sole Panellist appointed by the Czech Arbitration Court, Roberto Manno ordered the transfer of the gTLD ARCERLORMITTAL.COM to the legitimate owner of the well-known trademark, ARCELORMITTAL. The Panellist accepted all Complainant’s argument that the…

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ADR.eu Decisione “CREDIT-AGRICOLE-L1.COM”

Nelle decisioni rese in data 2 maggio e 22 aprile 2017 relativamente alle procedure per la riassegnazione dei nomi a dominio “sediedesign.eu” e “CREDIT-AGRICOLE-L1.COM, CREDIT-AGRICOLE-L2.COM, CREDIT-AGRICOLE-L3.COM, CREDIT-AGRICOLE-L4.COM, CREDIT-AGRICOLE-L5.COM, CREDIT-GERICOLE-L6.COM”, l’arbitro Roberto Manno ha disposto nel primo caso il rigetto del…

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“BIGOTTI.COM”: LA COMPRAVENDITA DI DOMINI GENERICI DA PARTE DEI DOMAINERS È ATTIVITÀ LEGITTIMA

WIPO CASE N. D2017-0148 “BIGOTTI.COM”: LA COMPRAVENDITA DI DOMINI GENERICI DA PARTE DEI DOMAINERS È ATTIVITÀ LEGITTIMA. IRRILEVANZA DELLE PRECEDENTI DISPUTE O DEL NUMERO DI NOMI A DOMINIO POSSEDUTI AI FINI DELLA VALUTAZIONE DELLA MALAFEDE. Scritto il 7 aprile 2017…

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UDRP – SUUNTO.SHOP

In a decision dated 18 January 2017 , acting as sole Panellist appointed by the Czech Arbitration Court, Roberto Manno ordered the transfer of the gTLD SUUNTO.SHOP to the legitimate owner of the well-known trademark, SUUNTO OY. In January 2009,…

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Dispute groove.it – decision

On December 21, 2016 Roberto Manno, acting as the single member panelist appointed by MFSD to decide the “groove.it” domain name dispute, dismissed the complaint and held complainant responsible for “reverse domain name hijacking”. LINK DECISION

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BOOKING.EU – Czech arbitration Court

The Complainant contends that the Respondent’s purchase of the domain name booking.eu from the first registrant during the Sunrise period was made in bad faith and lacks any legitimate interest, especially when considering there must have been clear knowledge of…
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Fiduciairebelval Sarl – Blondeau

Domain: Fiduciairebelval.eu – transfer – April 16, 2015 – Decision Roberto Manno, acting as a Panelist before the ADR Center for .eu attached to the Arbitration Court attached to the Czech Chamber of Commerce and the Agricultural Chamber of the Czech Republic…

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People Interactive (I) Pvt. Ltd v. CDN Properties Incorporated

Domain: Shadhi.com – Wipo Case No. D2014-0932 -August 11, 2014 Complainant is an Indian company owner of several trademarks and domain names consisting in the SHAADI word, requesting the transfer of the SHADHI.COM domain name before the WIPO domain name…

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Personal Communication Systems, Inc. v. CDN Properties Incorporated

Domain: Healthwave.com – Wipo Case n. D2014-0664  June 23, 2014 – Reverse Domain Name Hijacking  An interesting decision by a WIPO Single-Panel, rejecting Complainant’s allegations and declaring Complainant responsible of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking. The HEALTHWAVEC.COM domain name has been indeed registered…

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GSSF.COM – FA1506001622383

GLOCK, Inc. (United States) v. Michele Dinoia (Italy) —  National Arbitration Forum, United States — Decision: July 20, 2015 Glock, the famous weapons manufacturer, filed a complaint before NAF asking the trasfer of the GSSF.COM domain, alleging abusive domain name registration and use…

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