IT.Can reports on recent Canadian Domain Name case

IT.Can’s new blog site reports on the recent CIRA decision in Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company v. Ebenezer Thevasagayam (pdf). The respondent had registered the disputed domain name, entreprise.ca, in 2003 along with 56 other domain names. The Complainant had argued that “entreprise” is the French language equivalent of its trade name and trademarks.

Two of the three panelists held that the domain name was confusingly similar to the Complainant’s mark and that the Complainant had provided sufficient initial proof of bad faith by noting the links on the respondent’s web site to competitors of the Complainant.