July 01, 2005

Use of a car brand by an unauthorized dealer

Volvo has lost an attempt to recover the domain name volvo-auto-body-parts-online.com from a spare parts dealer, with an arbitration panellist saying that unauthorized dealers can enjoy the same rights to a trade mark as authorized dealers.
This decision can remind another one that declined to transfer porsche-buy.com and porschebuy.com to Porsche. These domain names were used by an authorized dealer.

WIPO Decision D2005-0447

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