Prada and its little sister label, Miu Miu, have successfully recovered 26 domain names that they alleged were confusingly similar to their own trademarks. The two design brands filed a joint complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center asserting that the domains at issue, which were registered by Chinese individuals between 2011 and 2015, were confusingly similar to their trademarks. Prada and Miu Miu further claimed that the domain owners had no rights or legitimate interests in them, and were, instead, using the domains in bad faith to “divert business” from sellers of authentic Prada and Miu Miu goods.
The domains, which include miumiu-shoes.com, prada-2016.com, and prada-hot.net, among others and which offered counterfeit designer goods for sale, were registered to Xie Xiaomei, Zhang Yuanyuan, Zhou Honghai, Deng Wen, Xie Peiyuan, Jianghong Wang Xie Caida, Liu Min and Du Linmei, none of whom responded to the design houses’ complaint. In a decision published on July 1, World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center panelist Douglas Clark ruled in Prada and Miu Miu’s favor, ordering that the domains be transferred to them. Clark held that the domains were all being used in bad faith and that the respondents “clearly knew” about and were intending to trade on the esteemed reputations built by Prada and Miu Miu when they registered them.