WIPO panel finds that neither registration nor transfer of domain name was clearly made in bad faith

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), a panel from the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre has denied the transfer of a domain name because the complainants had failed to demonstrate that the initial registration was made in bad faith, and neither was the subsequent transfer. 

The complainants were two Dutch companies, Quintaz BV and Hoooked BV. They managed a business in Portugal which involved recycling old textiles into yarn. Their products had been distributed worldwide under the names Hoooked Zpagetti and Hoooked Fuzzili since 2008. They were the owner of various trademark registrations, including the EU trademark registration No 015112022 for HOOOKED, registered in July 2016. The complainants also owned various domain names, including ‘hoooked.nl’, registered in October 2008.

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