A company called Crypto World Journal Inc. has filed a UDRP against the high value three letter CWJ.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization, where it is WIPO Case D2018-1207.
CWJ.com was originally created in March of 1999. The registrant of this domain name appears to be based in China. Using DomainTools’ Whois History tool, I looked through quite a few historical Whois records for this domain name to see the provenance. Because of Whois privacy that was enabled for quite some time, I am unable to tell when the registrant acquired this domain name. It looks like it moved to the current (China-based) domain registrar in December of 2016.
When I visited CWJ.com this morning, the domain name did not resolve. Using Screenshots.com, I can see the domain name was listed for sale for low six figures in early 2016. This LLL.com domain name would be considered a “Chinese premium” or “Chip” domain name, making it quite valuable. I do not see any public sale records for CWJ.com on NameBio.
The complainant in this UDRP is a company called Crypto World Journal Inc., which appears to operate on its exact match CryptoWorldJournal.com domain name. That domain name was created in May of 2017. The LinkedIn page for this publication references CWJ several times, as does its website. The State of Delaware lists the Incorporation Date / Formation Date as February 1, 2018.
I can see why this publication would want to own the CWJ.com domain name, but I do not see how it will succeed in the UDRP filing (unless I am missing something important). CWJ.com is a valuable acronym domain name, and there are many companies and businesses that would likely want to have CWJ.com for their website. I will keep an eye on this UDRP and share an update when it has reached its conclusion.
Update: The complaint was denied and the panel ruled that this was Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH).