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UDRP on mym.fan : a rare example of transfer concerning an acronym

It is rare for a UDRP complaint about a domain name identical to an acronym trademark to be successful (see, eg: “Trademarks and domain names: it’s hard to be an acronym trademark!”, iptwins.com, 2019- 04-24). In this regard, the UDRP CAC 103302 decision stands out (CAC UDRP case No. 103302, Air Medias v. Jurgen Neeme, 2020-11-12).

Air Medias, owner of a “MYM” trademark and the mym.fans domain name, intended to obtain the transfer of the mym.fan domain name. In this case, it is mainly the domain name of the complainant (mym.fans) that played a determining role.

Moreover, the panelist referred to typosquatting based on the top-level domains concerned (which is rare): .FAN and .FANS.

Finally, it is useful to note that the strong similarity of mym.fans and mym.fan convinced the third-party decision-maker that the owner of the second was aware of the existence of the first, and even the “MYM” trademark.

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