Kate Spade wins KateSpade.xxx – Registered owned doesn’t turn up for hearing.

Kate Spade wins KateSpade.xxx – Registered owned doesn’t turn up for hearing.

He we go again – Domain Investors shall be getting a bad name from this idiot “Ming Tuff” who registered 172 .XXX Domain names of TM domains – This person has registered some really stupid domains here are a few examples Legos.xxx, Dannon.xxx, AbsoluteVodka.xxx, Hellmans.xxx, Shopify.xxx and Wachovia.xxx.

C’mon people as I said in a previous post I wrote towards the end of last year, Domainers don’t need this type of negative coverage in the press and what baffles me is this person spent Thousands of Dollars on these domains that won’t get any natural type in traffic and shall only end up costing him money in legal fees should he even try to defend them…

The full story is below and I say it once again – Dont buy TM domains especially when you can spend that type of money on a decent dot com.

Link to xbiz

GENEVA — Designer retailer Kate Spade was victorious in its pursuit on having KateSpade.xxx  handed over to the New York-based company.

In an arbitration decision released today, neutrals ruled that KateSpade.xxx registrant Ming Tuff purchased the domain name in bad faith and have ordered it transferred.

Tuff, who was a no-show at the arbitration hearing, also is alleged to have registered 172 .XXX domain names that include “many other third-party trademarks as part of the domain names,” Kate Spade counsel said in a brief.

“[Kate Spade] contends that [Tuff] has engaged in a pattern of behavior that involves registering “infringing domain names,” counsel said in its arbitration complaint.

Kate Spade counsel learned of the 172 .XXX domain names that include third-party trademark acquired by Tuff through a Whois reverse lookup. Some of the other domains ordered by Tuff during .XXX’s initial rollout in December 2011 include Legos.xxx, Dannon.xxx, AbsoluteVodka.xxx, Hellmans.xxx, Shopify.xxx and Wachovia.xxx.

Arbitrators with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center said in its decision that Tuff “was likely quite aware of the trademarks prior to registration of the disputed domain name” and that the registration was used in bad faith.

“It is beyond the realm of reasonable possibilities that respondent’s registration of all of these domain names during the same time period, using third party trademarks, was by pure chance,” neutrals ruled.

Kate Spade has about 200 retail outlets in the U.S. and globally, from San Francisco to Shanghai. It sells in brick-and-mortar stores and online an array of bright colorful items, including handbags, clothing, jewelry, shoes, stationery, eyewear, baby, fragrance, tabletop, bedding and gifts.

XBIZ was unable to reach Tuff under the phone number listed on Whois.

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