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Username: RinniV
Date/Time: Fri, March 1, 2002 at 10:04 PM GMT
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Subject: Another Stupid WIPO Decision


                (while I'm in complaint mode)
Mostly (so far at least), the STOP .biz procedure has delivered fair decisions, with complaints over generic terms like, etc. being denied.

But as usual, WIPO are so fucking inconsistent. The latest .biz case is dbiz2001-00010 for the name:

Ralf Lauren won this case against a man who bought it for his daughter named Lauren. This was a plainly wrong decision as Lauren is a popular girl's name - and as has been seen with the UDRP, this is sufficient to show the registrant's rights to a name.

One thing that consistently fucks me off with these cases is that you get comments like this in the 'factual background' (i.e. WIPO-written) section:

"In fiscal year 2001, products bearing Complainant's trademarks had worldwide wholesale net sales of more than US$4.7 billion. In the same period, more than US$55 million was spent in advertising such products."

So fucking what? They could have spent the GDP of China on marketing their precious brand, but it still shouldn't detract from the fact that the name is a common one, and one that affords everyday citizens the right the use it under common law.

Such blatant favouritism towards the deeper pocketed of the parties flies in the face of the rule of law anyway - i.e. fair and equitable justice to all.

Oh and by the way, Mr Scott Donhey (panelist) - you really suck.



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