The Complainant established its case and the Panelists transferred the domain name to the Complainant.
The Registrant registered the domain name on August 4, 2009. The Complainant, Microsoft Corporation, was founded in 1975 and is a worldwide leader in software services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. The Panelists concluded that the Domain Name GBING.CA was confusingly similar and that the Registrant had no legitimate interest in the Domain Name at all, despite the addition of the letter “G” in front of BING. As part of their bad faith analysis, the Panelists found that the Registrant was providing a competing internet search service using the whole of the Complainant’s BING trade-mark. Further, the Registrant’s home page appears to copy Google’s use of different colours for each letter of GBING, generates ad revenue and has several click-through advertisements for some of Canada’s largest banks. The panelists noted there are no applications or registrations for GBING or GBING.CA.
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