WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
ADMINISTRATIVE PANEL DECISION
Indian Oil Corporation Limited v. RareNames, WebReg
Case No. D2010-2002
1. The Parties
The Complainant is Indian Oil Corporation Limited of New Delhi, India, represented by Scriboard Advocates & Legal Consultants, India.
The Respondent is RareNames, WebReg of Waltham, Massachusettes, United States of America, represented by NameMedia, Inc., United States of America.
2. The Domain Name and Registrar
The disputed domain name <indianoil.net> is registered with TierraNet d/b/a DomainDiscover.
3. Procedural History
The Complaint was filed with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (the “Center”) on November 22, 2010. On November 22, 2010, the Center transmitted by email to TierraNet d/b/a DomainDiscover a request for registrar verification in connection with the disputed domain name. On November 23, 2010, TierraNet d/b/a DomainDiscover transmitted by email to the Center its verification response confirming that the Respondent is listed as the registrant and providing the contact details. The Center verified that the Complaint satisfied the formal requirements of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the “Policy” or “UDRP”), the Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the “Rules”), and the WIPO Supplemental Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the “Supplemental Rules”).
In accordance with the Rules, paragraphs 2(a) and 4(a), the Center formally notified the Respondent of the Complaint, and the proceedings commenced on November 26, 2010. In accordance with the Rules, paragraph 5(a), the due date for Response was December 16, 2010. The Response was filed with the Center on December 16, 2010.
The Center appointed Christopher J. Pibus as the sole panelist in this matter on December 23, 2010. The Panel finds that it was properly constituted. The Panel has submitted the Statement of Acceptance and Declaration of Impartiality and Independence, as required by the Center to ensure compliance with the Rules, paragraph 7.
On December 20, 2010, the Complainant submitted an unsolicited supplemental filing, reiterating many points of its Complaint.
4. Factual Background
The Complainant is the owner inter alia, of the following trademark:
INDIAN OIL – Indian Trademark Registration No. 454371 in Class 4.
The Respondent registered the disputed domain name on August 21, 2002. In its Response, the Respondent has expressly consented to the transfer of the domain name in question.
5. Discussion and Findings
In line with previous decisions, e.g., Williams-Sonoma, Inc. v. EZ-Port, WIPO Case No. D2000-0207, Amgen Inc. v. Texas International Property Associates, WIPO Case No. D2007-0155, Valero Energy Corporation, Valero Refining and Marketing Company v. RareNames, WebReg, WIPO Case No. D2006-1336, Levantur, S.A. v. Rarenames, WebReg, WIPO Case No. D2007-0857, Instituto del Fondo Nacional de la Vivienda para los Trabajadores v. Whois Privacy Protection Service Inc., Demand Domains, Inc. WIPO Case No. D2007-0917, since the Respondent has consented to the transfer of the disputed domain name to the Complainant, the Panel finds that in this case there is no need to assess the facts supporting the claim.
Paragraph 10(a) of the Rules allows the Panel to use discretion in conducting the proceeding in such manner as it deems appropriate under the Policy and the Rules. Paragraph 10(c) of the Rules requires the Panel to “ensure that the proceeding takes place with due expedition”.
The Respondent in this proceeding, who is represented by Counsel, has expressly agreed in the Response to transfer – without admitting to the elements of paragraph 4(a) of the Policy – the disputed domain name to the Complainant upon order of the Panel. Therefore, as held in Amgen Inc. v. Texas International Property Associates, supra, “given Respondent’s consent to transfer, this Panel deems it appropriate to grant the request to transfer under Rule 10. No further consideration or discussion of the elements of Paragraph 4(a) of the Policy is deemed necessary”.
For all the foregoing reasons, in accordance with Paragraphs 4(i) of the Policy and 15 of the Rules, the Panel orders that the domain name, <indianoil.net> be transferred to the Complainant.
Christopher J. Pibus
Dated: January 10, 2011