Lindt chocolates trump Australian cybersquatter

The Lindt chocolate company has won a dispute lodged with WIPO over “lindtchocolates.biz”, “lindtchocolates.info”, “lindtruffles.info” from an Australian cybersquatter.The complaint by Lindt asserted “the disputed domain names are confusingly similar to Complainant’s trademark LINDT as well as to the Complainant’s numerous domain names ‘lindt.TLD’ since the terms ‘chocolate’ and ‘truffles’ are merely descriptive with regards to the Complainant field of business.” Lindt alleged the respondent had no interest in the domain names.According to material provided to WIPO, “when the Complainant became aware of the disputed domain names it attempted to contact the Respondent to inform the same of its prior rights. The Respondent then offered to sell the domain names to the Complainant for more than his out of pocket costs, namely US$10,000 to $15,000. This suggests that the Respondent has no legitimate interest beyond the pure monetary gain from the sale of the domain names.”WIPO concluded the domain names were registered in bad faith.To read the WIPO decision, see www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/decisions/html/2007/d2007-1290.html