“…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":

Recent UDRP decision transfers already URS suspended domain names

WebLegal’s founder Roberto Manno, appointed as the sole Panel in the UDRP before the Czech Arbitration Court, transferred several domain names to the French bank Boursorama (decision No. 102082). The disputed domain names had already been suspended within a Uniform…

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COURT OF ROME CONFIRMED THE LEGITIMACY OF IDENTICAL DOMAIN NAME USED FOR SHARING COMMENTS ON A BLOG

On February 26th, 2018, “IS.I.A.MED.”, the Italian Institute for Asia and the Mediterranean, started a judicial proceeding (in Italian) before the Court of Rome aimed at ascertaining its earlier ownership of intellectual property rights on the mark as well as…

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Chinese translation of well-known trademarks amount to cyber-squatting

CAC case n. 101931 – nuohua.com In a recent decision before the Czech Arbitration Court, Novartis complained the registration and use of the Chinese (pinyin) transliteration of its well-known mark NOUHUA as .com domain name. Roberto Manno, acting as the…

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COURT OF ROME ON SMALLBIZ.IT: DOMAIN NAME DISPUTE RESOLUTION OVERTURNED

THE OWNER OF AN EARLIER TRADEMARK HAS NOT ANY RIGHT ON THE RELEVANT DOMAIN NAME IN CASE IT CONSISTS OF GENERIC TERMS COMPOSED BY COMMON USE WORDS. The Court of Rome, XVII Civil Division (dedicated to Enterprises) upheld the claim…

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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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