Another UDRP Victory for Geoffrey, Inc.
The National Arbitration Forum Panel recently ordered over thirty "R-US" domain names transferred to Toys "R" Us, Inc.'s related company, Geoffrey, Inc. This case involved the largest collection of "R-US" domains owned by a single entity. The panel rejected the registrant's claim that the collection was part of a business plan. The business plan was recognized as being nothing more than a smoke screen created to hide the registrant's real intent to profit from the famous "R US" marks. And in response to the registrant's assertion that it was being singled out from others who also own "R-US" domain names the panel stated: "One cannot complain that he was arrested for going through a red light, because others, also in violation of the law, were not caught." Toys "R" Us, Inc. has prevailed in all of the domain name disputes brought under the uniform dispute resolution procedure and in court. However, this is the first domain name dispute that involved a wholesale registration of "R-Us" domain names. In all of the actions, the arbitration panels and courts have recognized the distinctiveness and world fame of the "R US" marks. Geoffrey Inc. was represented in this case by Roberta S. Bren of Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C. Please click on the PDF link above for the full text decision: Geoffrey, Inc. v. Downmark Ltd., J Highmoor and George Highmoor: FA0201000103815 (March 1, 2002).