GAP, the clothing retailer, has filed a UDRP against the Gap.org domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2019-2337.
Gap.org was originally created in April of 1997, making the domain name over 20 years old. The domain name is currently registered under Whois privacy at GoDaddy, so the current registrant is not publicly known. According to NameBio, the Gap.org domain name sold on Flippa in 2016 for $3,850. You can see the archived Flippa listing here.
At the time of publication, the domain name does not resolve to an active website for me.
I know that Gap has a pretty strong trademark on the GAP branding, but I don’t see how it should win this UDRP. Not only is gap a very common word, but there are many companies, organizations, and people who either have GAP as their acronym or initials. With the domain name not resolving for me, I can’t see how the clothing retailer will be able to prove that the domain name was registered and is being used in bad faith.
I will keep my eye on the filing.
Update: The decision is not yet published, but the WIPO website is reporting this as a win for the complainant.