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05|15|2009 03:40 am EDT

Safenames Recovers Domain Names for Five English Premier League Clubs

by Chad Kettner in Categories: Legal Issues

Safenames, a registrar that also specializes in brand protection services, has successfully recovered multiple domain names for five of the top soccer clubs in the English Premier League.

By working with representatives of the EPL head office along with officials from Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, and West Ham soccer clubs, Safenames was able to establish a common link between the otherwise separate trademark infringement cases and file a successful complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center using the Uniform Resolution Policy (UDRP).

The WIPO Panel ruled in favor of the EPL clubs after finding that the use of the domain names – including official-manchester-tickets.com, official-liverpool-tickets.com, official-tottenham-tickets.com, official-fulham-tickets.com, and official-westham-tickets.com – were either identical or confusingly similar to that of the trademark holders and have been awarded to their respective clubs.

“We are delighted at the arbitration panel’s decision to award the domains to their rightful trademark holders,” explained Prudence Malinki, the Head Counsel for Safenames. “Unauthorised use of trademarks in the form of domain names is quite a common problem and one that continues to grow as Internet usage grows. There is no industry immune from this damaging issue and we were very happy to assist some of the world’s leading brands in professional sport with fighting this battle.”

Safenames has recently launched a Mark Protect service which helps companies identify and prioritize the recovery of domains which are infringing on their brands. Mark Protect was instrumental in gathering the facts used to build this particular case.

[via Safenames]

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