23 Apr '15, 2pm

14 Year Old 4 Letter .Com Lost in UDRP To Trademark Filed in 2012:

A one member UDRP panel has just handed over a 14 year old, four letter .com domain, GECU.com to GECU of Texas The domain holder registered the domain gecu.com on June 29, 2001. Terry F. Peppard the Panelist found the credit union had common law trademark rights going back to 1998 even though the trademark was not filed until 2012. Interestedly GECU.org is owned by another credit union, Gulf Credit Union which seems to go back to 1996 meaning they were in business, the same business as the Complainant, two years before the Complainant. It would seem that awarding GECU.com to the credit union formed in 1998 will cause harm and confusion to Gulf Credit which uses the .org. It does not look like the domain holder raised that issue and the panelist The disputed domain name resolves to a webpage containing links to the websites of Complainant’s commercial competitors, from the ...

Full article: http://www.thedomains.com/2015/04/23/14-year-old-4-letter...

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