NHL Requires Ownership On The NHL.net Domain Name

The National Hockey League, has recently filed an UDRP at the World Intellectual Property Organization to have control on the NHL.net domain name and apparently it has waited a good period of time to file it. We usually wait because we hope something better comes, which perhaps the entity in question thought the same in this case.


The National Hockey League, known as well as NHL, is a professional ice hockey league headquartered in New York City. The team is regarded as the premier professional ice hockey league globally.


Although the first historical Whois record appears to be from 2003, the NHL.net domain name was first registered in 1999. It’s more than likely that the registrar from 2003 to be the same as in 1999, both having the same phone number.


The panel took down the domain hasn’t brought any successful conclusion and also discovered the owner “has had a number of UDRP decisions against it.”


According to the policy there are a series of reason on which a dishonest registration and use is founded. Use it as an useful guide. One mentioned ground is the registration of the domain name as a way of preventing the holder of the service mark or the trademark to register first a corresponding domain name.


Having evidence of the respect of the importance of trademarks, it’s clear the respondent is not conscious of the Complainant’s NHL trademark and that registering the NHL.net domain name would prevent the complainant to send back its mark in its own “net” domain name.


This pattern of conduct is described as a sole case in which the respondent registered multiple domain names and are similar to trademarks or as multiple UDRP cases with alike fact cases.


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