Aol Wins Domain Name In Arbitration

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Nov 27, 2013
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An arbitrator with the National Arbitration Forum has recently awarded the domain name to AOL.The company submitted the complaint on November 7,2014.

According to whois records, the domain name was first registered in July,2014.

AOL owns many trademark registrations for the "Engadget" mark all over the world. Therefore,it is more than obvious that the disputed domain name is confusingly similar with its trademark.
Moreover,the company contended in the complaint that the respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain name and that the respondent registered and used the disputed domain name in bad faith.

One of the key points of this complaint was when AOL managed to demonstrate that "Respondent uses the disputed domain name in connection with a commercial website that promotes links to third-party sites in competition with Complainant’s offerings, no doubt for commercial gain."

AOL managed to establish all three elements required under the ICANN Policy and the Panel ordered the disputed domain name to be transferred from the respondent to the complainant.

The arbitration decision can be read here
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