From a perusal of the Complaints filed with the Arbitration and Mediation Panel of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) with regard to Domain Name Disputes, it can be inferred that the Complaints filed by Indian Trade Mark owners have been comparatively less. One of the major reasons for this may be attributed to the fact that the Indian Trade Mark Owners appear not to give too much importance to domain name. Even Indian banking companies which mostly conduct their business online are silent with regard to thousands of identical cyber squatted domain names further proves this.
However, there are exceptions. Adi Godrej – Chairman of the Godrej Group has filed a Complaint with the Arbitration & Mediation Panel of the WIPO against cyber squatting of the domain name www.adigodrej.info. The Order which was made on 8th May 2012 ruled that the respondent Summit Services LLC, USA has cyber squatted the domain name and has registered the subject domain in bad faith. The Panel ruled that the disputed domain name is confusingly similar to the Trade Mark & Domain Names of the Complainant and that the disputed domain name was registered in bad faith.
Several domain names pertaining to “ADIGODREJ” are available for registration. For Ex. www.adigodrej.co.in / adigodrej.org.in / adigodrej.ind.in / adigodrej.co are available for registration. It remains to be seen if Godrej will take a more pro-active approach to register the available domain names which will reduce the instances of seeking domain name disputes and save costs.
Karthik is the Director of Domain Name Disputes India and a Master’s Degree Holder in Intellectual Property & Technology Law at the National University of Singapore. Domain Name Disputes India, are India’s first consultants dealing exclusively with Online Brand Protection & Domain Name Disputes. Domain Name Disputes India offers its clients detailed online brand protection strategies and solutions to protect them from online frauds, cybersquatting, sale of counterfeit goods etc., To know more, please visit www.domaindisputesindia.com., call me @ +91 9840477744 or mail me at [email protected]