SonyEricsson Wins UDRP dispute

WIPO LogoMichele Neylon writes on his blog, “The only UDRP decision that caught my attention this morning concerned Sony.”

As Michele notes, it’s not terrible exciting. I delved a little deeper and read the decision. The WIPO panel found the registrant of the domain name had no rights to the name, which isn’t very surprising really as it contained the trademarked term “sonyericsson” to which the registrant had no rights. Further, the panel found the respondent had never had any connection with Sony Ericsson or any of their entities. And the “disputed domain name resolves to a website offering discounted Sony Ericsson mobile phones, ringtones and accessories, as well as mobile phones offered by competitors. These appear in the form of “Sponsored links” which provide the owner of the domain name with revenue every time an Internet user clicks on these links.”

The panel was “satisfied that the disputed domain name was registered and used in bad faith.”

To see the full WIPO decision, see