September 23, 2004

Domain name in initials

It's usually hard to get back a domain name made of initials. The decision shows it again.
Furthermore, in this case "[t]he Respondent has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Panel that:
1. his initials are JCM;
2. he acquired the Domain Name for use by his family business JCM Industries Inc;
3. until December 2001 the Domain Name was used for email purposes both by the Complainant and by the business; further, it was used by the business to connect to a website at “”;
4. the family business applied for and obtained a service mark registration of a device mark, the principal element of which was the name JCM Industries."
For other decisions, see e.g., (but not, transferred to Volkswagen, which trademark is famous).

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