Posted on 7/8/2019 7:00:50 AM By Jordan Arnot Leahey

On June 19, 2019, a World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) Panel issued a Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (“UDRP”) decision in favor of ThoughtWorks, Inc. and its Chief Technology Officer, Rebecca Parsons (collectively, “Complainants”), for the domain name <rebeccaparsons.com>.

The WIPO Panel acknowledged the Complainants’ successful claim of common law rights in the REBECCA PARSONS trademark, to which the disputed domain name is identical, and that the Registrant has no rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain name.  In finding bad faith registration and use on the part of the Registrant, the WIPO Panel stated:

  • the disputed domain name is attached to a website that, among other things, contains a link which solicits offers for the sale of the disputed domain name for prices far in excess of the Respondent’s out-of-pocket costs directly related to said name. . . [such that Respondent] intends to gain commercially through the likelihood of confusion between the disputed domain name and the Complainant’s mark as to the source, sponsorship, affiliation or endorsement of that website. 

The full decision in Dr. Rebecca Parsons, ThoughtWorks, Inc. v. Perfect Privacy, LLC, Case No. D2019-0866 (June 29, 2019), is available at: https://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=D2019-0866  

Dr. Rebecca Parsons and ThoughtWorks, Inc. were represented in the proceeding by Partridge Partners PC.

Internet, Trademark