USA: Columbia Sportswear Wins Claim Against 'Cybersquatter'
This "cybersquatter", who attempted to sell these two domain names to Columbia earlier this year for $750,000 each, recently lost an arbitration panel decision and has been required to transfer both domain names to Columbia for free.
"This is 'High Noon' in cyberspace," said Tim Boyle, Columbia's president and chief executive officer. "We have fought against misuse of our intellectual property rights for many years and with this victory we're taking the fight to the Internet. We have zero-tolerance for intellectual property infringement, and we're glad to make an example of a person who not only violated our rights, but showed his bad faith by attempting to sell us trademarks that we already own."
In March 2000, Columbia Sportswear filed a complaint against the Canadian cybersquatter before the World Intellectual Property Organization using the dispute resolution policies of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). An arbitrator ruled in May that the cybersquatter had registered and used www.columbia-sports-wear-company.com in "bad faith" and had no legitimate interest in the trademarks he had used.
The cybersquatter, who resides in Quebec, Canada, was required to transfer both domain names to Columbia Sportswear Company, which owns these trademarks. The transfers were recently completed. The full text of the decision of the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center is available online, at www.icann.org.
About Columbia Sportswear
Founded in 1938 in Portland, Ore, Columbia Sportswear is a global leader in the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of active outdoor apparel and footwear. As one of the largest outerwear manufacturers in the world and the leading seller of skiwear in the United States, the company has developed an international reputation for quality, performance, functionality and value. To learn more about Columbia Sportswear, visit the company's website at www.columbia.com.
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