There goes their business plan for diversification into meerkat porn...
Meerkat-obsessed Compare the Market, which became the first company to lose a cybersquatting complaint over a .xxx domain name, has lost its appeal against the ruling. BGL Group, which owns the Compare The Market brand, lost its first case against the owner of comparethemarket.xxx in May, after a Czech Arbitration Court (CAC) …
...against people with an unusual fetish for town centre market places! Yes it may be rare, even less common than that thing that German bird who married the Berlin wall (and then had an affair with a wooden fence) had, but that is no excuses guys!
That dude who owns comparethemarket.xxx is probably setting up a porno site for people with this fetish who want to do comparisons to see which market they find most attractive! It saves on train fares/petrol for those afflicted and eliminates the obvious embarrassment factor of being overwhelmed with lust in a public place! (Remember folks, google streetview doesn't often show pedestrianised streets and therefore lacks detailed pics of most British markets!) People with this particular sexual preference probably feel like they are being targeted and may want to sue for human rights abuses! I suggest they organise a Marketphilia awareness day and a Facebook campaign!
CAC is one of five organizations authorized by ICANN to administer UDRP proceedings. Its panelists are usually IP lawyers, not usually from the Czech Republic -- Rodenbaugh is American. It has a bit of a reputation for being cheaper than, say, WIPO, and (anecdotally) often more likely to side with complainants.
Why do people seem to believe that you can trademark a "phrase" outside of business name usage? I imagine that you can probably do that in the US, where companies are human,& civilians are allowed to shoot unarmed men but no country with a half-sane legal system would entertain such a silly idea.
I'll probably get sued for this but ...
Games Workshop have a TM superscript mark on the tagline "In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war."
I don't know if our legal system was more advanced than yours but we seem to be catching up in the race to the bottom.
ROTM icon because it looks like a Necron.
As they would also point out that the dispute resolution was handled by the Czechs without explaining what got the Czechs involved in the first place.
I'm sorry if it's not obvious to me, but I have no clue who or what "compare the market" are, and neither do I keep abreast (urgh!) of what happens in the .xxx domain.
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