Domain Name Disputes are normally resolved at the Registrar's
level through Dispute Resolution Policies adopted
by them, or by Arbitration Centers such as the WIPO arbitration process
or by Courts.
The essence of all judgements in recent days is that the owner
of the Trade Mark will have a claim on the Domain Name as against a person
who does not own the Trade Mark.
It is also considered that the Trade Mark rights
extend to the following situations.
Trade Mark Rights extend to TLD extensions and also to name extensions
either with a prefix or suffix.
Eg: Yahoo has a right over yahoo.com, yahoo.net etc, as well as yahooindia.com
Trade Mark rights extend to "Confusingly Similar" names.
Eg: Rediff.com has a right over Radiff.com. Yahoo.com has a right over
yoohhoo.com , Volkswagen.com has a right over vw.com etc
Attempts have now been made by Trade Mark owners on indirect extensions
of name also.
Eg: Ford has put up a claim on model-E.com and jaguarcenter.com
"Celebrities" have a claim on their names and any extensions thereof.
Eg: Ms Julia Roberts has a right on juliaroberts.com or juliarobert-hospital.com.Owner of
"Harry Potter" also owns all extensions such as potterfan.com etc.
The bottom line is, today "No Name is a Safe Name". :"Your Domain Name may
be claimed by somebody, some where in the world, any time".
..Read Further: Where Judges Dare..Not