UDRP complaint will not resolve trademark dispute


Future Inns, the owner of the mark FUTURE INN, sought the transfer of ‘thefuturehotels.com’ under the UDRP; the parties were involved in parallel cancellation actions. The panel found that the respondent’s ownership of a registered UK trademark for FUTURE HOTELS constituted a decisive factor. The owner of the FUTURE HOTELS mark had a prima facie right to make use of this term; therefore, the second limb of the UDRP was not satisfied.

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