Friday, September 9, 2016


The Complainant, HSBC Group Management Services Limited, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services companies owns the HSBC DIRECT trademark, registered in Canada since 2005.  The Registrant registered this domain during the auto-grace renew period after the Complainant let it expire on November 21, 2014.

The Domain Name resolves to a web site that, without the consent of the Complainant, has unauthorized references to HSBC, its logo and its website and email address, and promotes itself as a “money saving organization” by providing money and debt advice. The Registrant did not respond to the Complaint.

The Panel found that the Domain Name was registered in bad faith because the Registrant embarked on a deliberate attempt to pretend that it was the complainant or that it was somehow endorsed by the Complainant, which is deceptive and untrue (paragraph 3.5(d) of the Policy).

You can read the decision here.

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