UDRP complainant hampered by lack of rights

The Estate of Sheldon Solow sought the transfer of four domain names containing the terms ‘Sheldon Solow’ or ‘Solow Foundation’ under the UDRP. The complainant claimed that, although the Solow Foundation had no current trademark registrations, the Sheldon Solow name had acquired sufficient secondary association with its activities. The panel found that the complainant had failed to prove that Mr. Solow’s name, or the name of the Solow Foundation, could be considered as distinctive marks.

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