Case Number: D2017-1182
Complainant: J.D.M. Software B.V.
Represented by: Kennedy Van der Laan
A Dutch software company specializing in business telephone services, J.D.M. Software B.V., has been found guilty of attempted Reverse Domain Name Hijacking by a majority ruling of a three-member panel at the World Intellectual Property Organization. The company, represented by Kennedy Van der Laan, had tried to gain control of the domain jdm.com, owned by Robert Mauro of South Carolina, who was also represented, by attorney John Berryhill.
J.D.M. Software had attempted to invoke a 2016 trademark from Benelux, as well the fact it has existed since 1983 with the name JDM, as entitling it to rights to the domain, which was parked and populated with pay-per-click links.
However, the respondent noted the term is a generic abbreviation or acronym, and numerous other businesses also have the JDM trademark, either as a word mark or a design mark.
The WIPO ruling was handed up August 23, 2017.