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Shell Domain name battle

WIPO refuses to order transfer of domain names critical of Shell

Legalupload.co.uk: WIPO refuses to order transfer of domain names such as tellshell.org that were critical of Shell

“The WIPO panel found that Shell clearly had rights in the Shell brand in 190 countries and the domain names were confusingly similar to Shell’s brand. However, Donovan had a legitimate interest in the names and had not registered them in bad faith as he was using them to exercise his right to free speech and criticise Shell.”

Posted Friday 21 October 2005

Shell, the multinational petrol business, has failed to persuade the World Intellectual Property Organisation to order the transfer of various Shell domain names to it under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. The Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy provides a quick arbitration procedure for disputes over top level domain names such as ‘.com’ and ‘.org’. WIPO is one of the accredited arbitration bodies that can hear domain name disputes under that procedure. read more

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CommTech Newsletter: Shell complaints sites keep their domain names

CommTech Newsletter (e-update): Shell complaints sites keep their domain names

“The WIPO panel found unanimously that although the domain names were identical or similar to Shell’s various trade names, Mr Donovan had a prima facie right to the free expression of his criticism, and a legitimate interest in using the domain names for his non-commercial forum”: Friday 9 Sept 2005

A World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) panel has found against Shell in a dispute over ownership of the domain names royaldutchshellgroup.com, royaldutchshellplc.com and tellshell.org. read more

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Bloomberg: Shell in Legal Battle Over Name of Web Site, Journal Reports

Shell in Legal Battle Over Name of Web Site, Journal Reports

2005-06-02
05:57 (New York)

June 2 (Bloomberg) – Royal Dutch/Shell Group, Europe’s second-largest oil company, is waging a legal battle to gain control over the Web site name http://royaldutchshellplc.com owned by an 88-year-old British army veteran who uses it to post mostly negative information about the company, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The company wants to gain control over the name before RoyalDutch/Shell merges its two holding companies into a single entity, Royal Dutch Shell Pic, the Journal said. read more

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