February 16, 2007 |

Intellectual Property

Our client held the domain name www.trek.com for 14 years, in support of work they did on special effects for Star Trek. Recently the website had become a referral site for travel related ads, including bicycle trips. The Trek Bicycle company, holder of a registered trademark on “trek,” initiated a UDRP proceeding in an effort to have the domain name reassigned to them. We defeated the claim by arguing that the relevant regulations required Trek to demonstrate that the original registration, 14 years earlier, had been made in bad faith, and they were unable to make that showing.