Facebook Wins WIPO Domain Dispute
Social networking giant Facebook filed a domain dispute on April 19th at WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) concerning the domain name Facebook360.com.
Facebook360.com was registered on October 26th, 2015. “Facebook” has been a live trademark since November 7th, 2006. According to Facebook.com the domain name is confusingly similar to its trademark, the respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain name and it was registered and is currently being used in bad faith.
The respondent, Ông Trần Huỳnh Lâm, disputed all those claims and said the disputed domain name was registered “primarily for the noncommercial purpose of building a platform for sharing 360-degree videos for free to all Internet users” and submits that this is not evidence of bad faith. Apparently the respondent also contacted Facebook and offered to transfer the domain name in return for a payment of $100,000 USD. Wow… Definitely not a smart move.
On June 14th (published on June 21st) WIPO panellist Clive Thorne found that the domain was indeed confusingly similar to the trademark as it incorporates Facebook.com its trademark in its entirety, that the argument maintained by the respondent cannot succeed and that the complainant submitted ample evidence of registration and use of the disputed domain name in bad faith.
The full WIPO case can be found here.