UDRP won by the Dent Guys (1 Viewing)

Jul 1, 2022
Toronto, ON
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A dental services company holding a trademark for DENTLESS filed a UDRP to usurp the matching domain name,

The Respondent is a car damage services company that acquired the domain in 2017 “in good faith.” They forward the domain to

The sole panelist at the WIPO concurred with the Respondent: The term “dentless” is more often used with dent/collision damage related services, than with dental services.

Final decision: Deny transfer of the domain name to the Complainant.

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Given the apparently widespread use of the term “dentless” in the auto repair business, it would have behooved Complainant to provide some evidence of the trademark’s actual renown. Complainant chose not to do so – even despite the Panel issuing a Procedural Order, and hence the Panel is left with some evidence that “dentless” is a common term in the auto repair industry (it is, again, used in the name of many such companies), and no evidence that Complainant’s registered DENTLESS trademark is so well known that Respondent more likely than not was aware of it and sought to unfairly trade off of it.

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