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RDNH Finding in Kosmos.com UDRP

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A company called Kosmos Global Holding, S.L. from Spain filed and lost a UDRP against the Kosmos.com domain name. A three member WIPO panel also found that this was a case of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking. Attorney John Berryhill successfully defended the domain name. This is the second time John defended Kosmos.com, as another company lost its 2015 UDRP filing.

In reading through the UDRP decision that was published today on the WIPO website, it is very clear why the panel found in favor of the registrant and ruled it was RDNH. For one thing, the domain registrant owned the domain name prior to the existence of the complainant. Without the benefit of a time machine, the registrant could not have acquired the domain name in bad faith. Here’s what the panel wrote:

Cristin Brouillard Explaining Bullshit UDRPs

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The viral “Girl Explaining” meme has been making the rounds, and it was a matter of time before someone made a domain name-related version of it. Cristin Brouillard, Assistant to attorney John Berryhill, posted her version of the girl explaining meme.

In this version, the girl is explaining what happens when a company files a bullshit UDRP against a rightfully owned domain name:

Sold in December for $1,718, Calpers.com Lost in UDRP

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According to NameBio, the Calpers.com domain name was sold for $1,718 in December of 2021 at NameJet. The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, commonly known as “CALPERS,” filed a UDRP against the domain name at the National Arbitration Forum and won the decision. The domain registrant did not submit a response.

In looking through the UDRP decision, this seems to have been a pretty easy case for the panelist to decide. Apparently, the “resolving website displays click-through advertising links to products and services, some of which compete with those of Complainant.” A domain name that matches a complainant’s trademark combined with infringing PPC links is a recipe for disaster for a domain registrant.

Surprising Result with CliffNoteBooks.com UDRP

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I think CliffsNotes is a fairly well-known trademark. In fact, several people have mentioned “Cliff’s Notes” or “Cliff Notes” in various comments on this blog over the years to ask for a summary of something. My CliffsNotes version of the brand is that CliffsNotes is a brand of study guides that gives a synopsis of a book. If I wanted to get the scope and general idea of a book without reading it, I might read the CliffsNotes version. That’s the brand the company has built.

A UDRP was filed by Course Hero, the company that owns the CliffsNotes brand against the cliffnotebooks.com domain name and the decision was published earlier today. Surprisingly, the sole panelist (Debrett G. Lyons) ruled against the complainant. The domain registrant did not even reply to the UDRP to defend the domain name. Nat Cohen also expressed his surprise at this decision:

Panelist Cites GoDaddy Broker’s Suggestion in 4 Letter.com UDRP

I read a disappointing UDRP decision this morning involving the 4 letter .com domain name, DWRS.com. The WIPO UDRP panelist, Warwick A. Rothnie, ruled in favor of the complainant, who had unsuccessfully tried to acquire the domain name via GoDaddy’s Domain Brokerage Service (DBS). The complainant is a shoe company founded in 2015 that uses DWRSLabel.com for its website.

I want to make it clear that I don’t lay the full blame on the panelist. The domain registrant did not file a response to the UDRP as the contact information on the Whois record was inaccurate. The panelist, in my view, made a good attempt at piecing the ownership and usage history of the domain name beyond what was presented by the complainant. Kudos to him for using the Wayback machine and Whois records to see how the domain name has been used over the prior few years. This made the registered and used aspect of the UDRP decision murky at best.

What bothered me most about the decision is the panelist’s reliance on the GoDaddy DBS broker’s suggestion about increasing the offer. Since the domain name does not appear to have been listed for sale on GoDaddy or Afternic, the DBS broker is working for the buyer. His job is to get a deal done at the best price for the buyer. Here’s an excerpt from the decision:

Pay.com UDRP Fails: Should Have Been RDNH

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A UDRP was filed against the Pay.com domain name at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF). The decision was published today, and unsurprisingly, the panel found in favor of the domain registrant. I think the panel should have ruled that this was an abusive UDRP filing and found this to be Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH). The panelists on this UDRP were Dawn Osborne, Sandra J. Franklin and Nathalie Dreyfus.

As I mentioned on Twitter when I first noticed the UDRP filing, Pay.com is used and branded by a company doing business as Pay.com:

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