Tuesday, February 12, 2013

#220 - whitehouseblackmarket.ca - TRANSFER GRANTED

The Registrant (International Clothiers) did not respond to the Complaint. Chico’s Brand Investments Inc. uses its WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET trade-mark in association with its apparel and retail store services in Canada, since at least as early as 2004.  The Domain Name was registered in 2011 by one if its Canadian competitors – International Clothiers. The Registrant did not respond to the Complaint and the panelist therefore accepted the Complainant’s arguments, including the fact that there has never been any prior relationship between the parties justifying the Domain Name’s registration.  The Complainant satisfied the bad-faith test mainly because there was no attempt to respond to any of the assertions made by the Complainant. 

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