National Arbitration Forum Welcomes New Executives

Friday, June 1, 2007 - 01:00

The National Arbitration Forum recently welcomed new Director of Marketing Aimee Egan and Senior Business Development Executive Mike Bjellos.

In her role as director of marketing, Ms. Egan will plan and execute all marketing and communications initiatives. She succeeds Curtis Brown, former director of marketing. Ms. Egan comes from Thomson West where she worked for seven years, most recently as director of marketing of the Small Law Firm Segment and Managed Technology Services groups.

As senior business development executive, Mr. Bjellos will coordinate efforts to educate individuals and organizations on the value of arbitration. Mr. Bjellos comes from Thomson West where he worked for 11 years, most recently as regional sales manager with a focus on corporate sales.

The National Arbitration Forum recently issued decisions on three separate domain name disputes filed by Disney, Jimmy Buffett and Angels Baseball.

The following three decisions were made in accordance with the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) by independent and neutral arbitrators on the National Arbitration Forum's panel.

DisneyComics.com - One of the world's largest entertainment corporations, Disney Enterprises, Inc., submitted a complaint electronically on February 15. The National Arbitration Forum panel found that the domain name DisneyComics.com was being cybersquatted by Dayanand Kamble of India who used the website to offer advertising links and products, some related to Disney's trademarks.

The panel found that the domain name was confusingly similar to the Disney mark. Because the complainant proved all three elements required of the ICANN Policy, the request to transfer DisneyComics.com to Disney Enterprises, Inc. was granted.

JimmyBuffettUniversity.com - Margaritaville Enterprises, LLC, controlled by popular singer Jimmy Buffett, submitted a complaint electronically with the National Arbitration Forum asserting legal rights to the domain names Buf-fettUniversity.com, JBuffett.com, JimmyBuffettUniversity.com and UniversityOfBuffett.com.

The panel concluded that the Jimmy Buffett-themed domain names were identical or confusingly similar to the registered trademark Jimmy Buffett. Furthermore, the respondent and registered owner Whapp Innovations, Inc. was using the domain names to operate pay-per-click websites and thusly for commercial gain. The panel found that the complainant had established all three elements required under the ICANN policy and had defended successfully its trademark in domain name dispute resolution. The four domain names were ordered to be transferred to Jimmy Buffett.

Angels.com - The Los Angeles Major League Baseball team, Angels Baseball, filed a complaint electronically with the National Arbitration Forum against Lee Dongyeon, the registered owner of Angels.com. The respondent, of Korea, requested the dispute be decided by a three-member panel.

The panel found that Angels.com was identical to the complainant's ANGELS trademark. However, it was found that the Respondent had registered the ANGELS mark in Korea without any opposition from the American baseball team. The panel also found that the respondent may not have known of complainant and therefore did not register Angels.com in bad faith. Although the baseball team uses ANGELS as a trademark, it failed to prove two of three elements required under the ICANN policy to transfer a domain name. The panel denied the transfer of Angels.com to Angels Baseball.