Pidilite Industries having failed to renew the domain name Fevicol.com, files for UDRP / domain name dispute. Fevicol is India’s most Trusted and oldest Brand of Adhesives, introduced in 1959. And has become a household name that is today synonymous with adhesives in India.
India’s Pidilite Industries has a well-known range of adhesive products in its portfolio. This includes Fevicol, Fevikwik, Fevistik, Fevicryl, M-Seal, Dr. Fixit, and so on. It is owned by Mr Balvant Parekh. The Pidilite Industries registered the domain name Fevicol.com on July 02, 1997 and the previous WHOIS details reflected the following:
Registrant Name: Apurva Parekh
Registrant Organization: Pidilite Industries Ltd.
Registrant Street: Ram Krishna Mandir Marg, M. Vasanji Rd. MIDC, Andheri (East),
Registrant City: Maharashtra
Registrant State/Province: Maharashtra
Registrant Postal Code: 400059
Registrant Country: India
Registrant Phone: +91.2225200917
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +91.2225200928
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: ***@pidilite.com
The domain name had active registration till July 2021, when the registration seems to have lapsed. The domain name Fevicol.com on drop has been caught at dropcatch.com on September 14, 2021 and sold in an auction for USD 1068 to an unknown buyer. DropCatch is a famous platform for catching a domain name on its expiration, mainly by domain investors. That works well for a common, geographical or (first or last) names but not for distinctive or well-known brands like Fevicol.
Indeed, Fevicol is not a common or other widely used keyword, but a well-known Trademark since 1960. Even a simple Google search provides results for the adhesive product – Fevicol only and the said product is being sold in international markets as well, like products are available for sale at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk as well. Hence knowledge by anyone cannot be ignored and the Bad Faith would be assumed against any domain registrant.
UDRP Details before WIPO:
Hence, rightly Pidilite Industries Limited has now filed UDRP / Domain Name dispute before WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) to gain back the control of the domain name. In terms of domain dispute policy, the Trademark holder needs to prove lack of legitimate interests and bad faith on the part of the domain registrant.
As per the web archives, the website at the domain name Fevicol.com was active till 2013 and the product information otherwise has been provided at pidilite.com/our-brands. The wikipedia page for the product is available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fevicol. As per Wikipedia, Fevicol is marketed in 54 countries, including over 50,000 locations in India itself !
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