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06|02|2009 04:56 pm EDT

Pfizer Drops Domains, Wins Them Back in UDRP

by Adam Strong in Categories: Legal Issues

As we reported previously, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer let more than 50 of their .org domain names expire in March 2009. The names were brought to DNN’s attention as they appeared on a SnapNames auction list . After expiring several of the domains appear to have been registered by SnapNames and now are in the ownership of Pfizer (such as Viagra.org) However, several names did expire and end up in the hands of other new registrants.   Two of these names, Pfizer.org and Celebrex.org (a Pfizer brand), ended up in the hands of Samir Kumar.

A recent UDRP filing however has stopped Kumar.  Pfizer prevailed in the arbitration and the names have been ordered to be transferred back, although whois records still indicate Kumar’s information and contain a “domain for sale” notation on their records.

Based on the whois history of Viagra.org, Pfizer.org and Celebrex.org (only 3 of the dozens of .org names that expired) , previous to these domains expiring, the domain portfolio was under the managment of a brand/domain protection and managment company, CSC Corporate Domains. Interestingly, the domains now appear to be controlled under MarkMonitor’s services, a competitor of CSC.

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2 Comments

Chad Kettner

June 2, 2009 @ 5:22 pm EDT

Man, trademark rules really aren’t that complicated – yet people continue to ignore them and get caught for it.

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