WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
ADMINISTRATIVE PANEL DECISION
J. Crew International, Inc. v. Youchao Wang a.k.a. wang you chao
Case No. D2013-0688
1. The Parties
The Complainant is J. Crew International, Inc. of New York, New York, United States of America, represented by Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, PC, United States of America.
The Respondent is Youchao Wang a.k.a. wang you chao of Putian, Fujian Province, China.
2. The Domain Name and Registrar
The disputed domain name <jcrewstore.com> is registered with Chengdu West Dimension Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (the “Registrar”).
3. Procedural History
The Complaint was filed with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (the “Center”) on April 12, 2013. On April 15, 2013, the Center transmitted by email to the Registrar a request for registrar verification in connection with the disputed domain name. On April 16, 2013, the Registrar transmitted by email to the Center its verification response confirming that the Respondent is listed as the registrant and providing the contact details. On April 17, 2013, the Center sent an email communication to the parties regarding the language of proceedings. On April 20, 2013, the Complainant requested English be the language of proceedings. The Respondent did not comment on the language of proceedings by the specified due date.
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 April 24, 2013. In accordance with the Rules, paragraph 5(a), the due date for Response was May 14, 2013. The Respondent did not submit any response. Accordingly, the Center notified the Respondent’s default on May 15, 2013.
The Center appointed Douglas Clark as the sole panelist in this matter on May 29, 2013. 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.
Language of Proceedings
The language of the registration agreement for the disputed domain name is Chinese. The Complainant requested that the language of these proceedings be English on the basis that the website that the disputed domain name resolves to was written in English. The Respondent is clearly conversant in English. The Panel determines in the circumstances of this case that the language of proceedings be English.
4. Factual Background
The Complainant and its predecessors have been in the apparel business since 1984. It is the registrant of the trademark J. CREW which has been registered in the United States of American since 1984. The Complainant also operates a website under the domain name <jcrew.com>. The Complainant did not mention or provide evidence of registrations of the trademark J. CREW in China. However, from an online search at China Trade Mark Office the Panel has identified that the Complainant has registered several J.CREW marks in China including a registration in Class 25 with effect from September 7, 2011. For the Panel’s power to conduct searches of this type, see paragraph 4.5 of WIPO Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions, Second Edition (“WIPO Overview 2.0”).
The disputed domain name was registered on September 13, 2012. The website under the disputed domain name resolved to a website that bore the trade mark J. CREW and that offered J. Crew branded products.
The Respondent has registered numerous other domain names incorporating trademarks such as Levi’s and La Coste.
5. Parties’ Contentions
The Complainant contends that the disputed domain name is confusingly similar to its registered trademark J. CREW. It is composed of the Complainant’s trademark J. CREW and the generic term “store”.
The Complainant further contends that the Respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain name as the Respondent has not made any bona fide use of the disputed domain name. Rather the website at the disputed domain name resolves to a site which “displays the heading J. CREW […] and includes copyrighted images and text from Complainant’s website featuring J. CREW products.”
The Complainant contends that the disputed domain name was registered and is being used in bad faith with the intention of diverting Internet users to the Respondent’s website.
The Respondent did not reply to the Complainant’s contentions.
6. Discussion and Findings
This is a very simple case of domain name hijacking that the UDRP was designed to stop. The Panel accordingly will only make brief findings.
A. Identical or Confusingly Similar
The disputed domain name <jcrewstore.com> is composed of the Complainant’s registered trademark J. CREW and the generic “store”.
The Panel finds the disputed domain name is confusingly similar to the Complainant’s registered trademark.
According to previous UDRP decisions, the “addition of merely generic, descriptive, or geographical wording to a trademark in a domain name would normally be insufficient in itself to avoid a finding of confusing similarity under the first element of the UDRP” (see paragraph 1.9 of the WIPO Overview 2.0).
The first element of the UDRP is made out.
B. Rights or Legitimate Interests
The Respondent has not responded to the Complaint to assert any rights or legitimate interests. None of the circumstances in paragraph 4(c) of the Policy, which sets out how a respondent can prove its rights or legitimate interests, are present in this case.
Since the Complainant has made out a prima facie case that the Respondent has not rebutted, the Panel finds that the second element of the UDRP is made out.
C. Registered and Used in Bad Faith
The Panel also finds that the disputed domain name <jcrewstore.com> was registered in bad faith and is being used in bad faith.
The disputed domain name resolved to a commercial websites that falsely suggested that it was related to the Complainant.
This case falls within paragraph 4(b)(iv) of the Policy which provides that a registrant has registered and is using a domain name in bad faith where:
“by using the domain name, you have intentionally attempted to attract, for commercial gain, Internet users to your web site or other on-line location, by creating a likelihood of confusion with the complainant’s mark as to the source, sponsorship, affiliation, or endorsement of your web site or location or of a product or service on your web site or location”.
The third element of the UDRP is made out.
For the foregoing reasons, in accordance with paragraphs 4(i) of the Policy and 15 of the Rules, the Panel orders that the disputed domain name <jcrewstore.com> be transferred to the Complainant.
Date: June 13, 2013