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The Orange Bowl Committee, Inc. v. Front and Center Tickets, Inc/Front and Center Entertainment

World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center
Case No. D2004-0947 (2005)


Beginning in 1935, the Orange Bowl Committee, Inc. (the committee) (plaintiff) used the term “Orange Bowl” in connection with a prestigious football game. In 1995, the committee obtained a trademark for “ORANGE BOWL.” In 1999, Front and Center Tickets, Inc/Front and Center Entertainment (defendant) registered the domain names orangebowltickets.net and orangebowl.net. Front and Center used the domain names to sell event tickets, including tickets to the Orange Bowl and many other sporting and entertainment events. The committee filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization. After the complaint was filed, Front and Center agreed to transfer the domain name orangebowl.net to the committee. Front and Center did not agree to transfer orangebowltickets.net.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Partridge, J.)

Dissent (Smith, J.)

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