BMA.com UDRP Complaint Denied

In October, the owner of the descriptive BMA.com domain name was hit with a UDRP from a company called  Braunschweiger Maschinenanstalt AG. At the time, I wrote, “I hope the domain owner has a good  UDRP attorney.”

This afternoon, the ruling was published, and the owner certainly did have representation from one of the best – John Berryhill. As I expected, the three person panel ruled in favor of the respondent, who may keep the domain name. Berryhill cited five reasons for why the domain owner has rights to it, and those can be read on the WIPO website.

It appears that one of the primary reasons the owner was able to retain the domain name was because he “demonstrated that it has a series of ten other domain name registrations for three letter domain names with title banners relating to educational and vocational subjects all of which use the same format and default to pay per click (PPC) webpages.”

As I mentioned,  there is/was an advertising banner at the top that says “Bachelor of Musical Arts & More,” which had nothing to do with the complainant. The panel cited this as well, stating “Importantly there is nothing on the website corresponding to the disputed domain name which targets or refers to the Complainant.”

I think this was a very good decision by the panel and by the domain owner for choosing an expert attorney well-versed in this business. You can check out the decision here.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of DomainInvesting.com. Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the DomainInvesting.com Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

5 COMMENTS

    • @ Steve

      I am not sure what they’d sue for – interference? I don’t really know, but I would be angry if I lost out on a sale because of a UDRP I eventually won. That’s more of a legal question and I don’t have any idea.

  1. @Steve

    There have been circumstances in which UDRP complainants have settled such claims by Respondents after the conclusion of a proceeding. As you might imagine, those are confidential.

Leave a Reply

Recent Posts

Taking a Blog Break

45
I have been writing articles on my blog since 2007. I have been fortunate to have the advertising support of many domain industry companies...

Some Thoughts About 2023

3
As the year winds down, I have been thinking about what to expect for the upcoming year. I am hopeful that it will be...

How I Am Preparing for the New Year

4
Less than a week remains in 2022. This is generally a quiet week in terms of domain name sales, so I tend to spend...

Squadhelp Introduces AI Business Name Generator

0
Earlier this month when OpenAI's ChatGPT chatbot was trending, I discussed some of the ways artificial intelligence (AI) could be used for domain investing....

I Don’t Always Have to Win

1
I am a highly competitive person. Whether I am playing a tennis match against a friend or playing a board game with my family,...