Well, that would be an abuse of UDRP.
World Trademark Review talked with an unnamed source “related to one of [Michael] Gleissner’s businesses” about what the heck he’s up to with his trademark filings, UDRPs and more.
The anonymous source told World Trademark Review that the allegation that the trademark filings are part of a scheme to acquire domain names is bunk:
That is a far-fetched and gross allegation. Just in case you’re wondering whether the stuff on UDRP that you see written on blogs is true, the truth is that we were trying to see how UDRP works and learn its possibilities in-house as part of an R&D project. It would be really ambitious thinking that you can just obtain old domains by virtue of a baby-trademark filed six months ago.
An R&D project? That’s interesting. Don’t forget what one of a Bigfoot representative’s job responsibilities was:
co-existence, consent agreements, etc. to ensure creative resolution of IP disputes, including manipulation of TMs and common law marks to achieve UDRP “reverse domain name hijacking”
I’m not sure exactly what Gleissner and his companies are up to. But they are filing an awful lot of objections against trademark applications that have little to nothing to do with what they are seeking trademarks for. And trying to trademark .com domains you don’t own? What could possibly be a benign motive for that?
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