A UDRP was filed against the Costa.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the domain registrant prevailed. This was the second time a UDRP was filed against this domain name – and this UDRP was filed by a different company. In both UDRP cases, the domain registrant was represented by ESQWire.com (Ari Goldberger and Jason Schaeffer).
In 2012, the UDRP was filed by a company called Cross Optical Group, Inc. The most recent UDRP was filed by Costa Crociere S.P.A., the company that operates Costa Cruises. The decision has not yet been published, but it will likely be uploaded to the WIPO website today or tomorrow and can be accessed here when it is available.
In looking at the Costa.com landing page, it is not a surprise that the cruise company would want to file a UDRP. In fact, the complainant cited them in the UDRP: “The Complainant exhibits an example of the Respondent’s web page which contains links to “Costa”, “Cruise”, “Cruise Line”, “Cruise Ship” and “Small Cruise Ship.” Given these links, it would not have been a big surprise to me if the complainant prevailed in the UDRP proceeding.
When I was reading the decision, it looked like the links might doom the domain owner, despite the fact that the “costa” term was considered a dictionary term. Here’s what the majority of the panel wrote about the PPC links: