According to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s website, it appears that Lorenzo International Limited has filed a UDRP for the generic, first-name domain name, Lorenzo.com, which is owned and operated by Tucows.
From the outset and without any specific information related to this case, I believee Lorenzo International Limited will have a difficult time proving it’s case. At the present time, Lorenzo.com is being used by Tucows as a vanity email service, and the domain name appears to be a part of the company’s NetIdentity suite of first and last name domain names. In fact, it wasregistered to NetIdentity prior to Tucows’ acquisition.
Tucows has already successfully defended a number of similar cases, including UDRP filings for:
Tucows has lost a few similar UDRP filings, perhaps giving hope to Lorenzo International Limited. In the Aubert.com filing, there was a dissenting opinion. The Ricard.com UDRP and the Weidner.com UDRP were lost as well. The Dunlap.com UDRP was terminated due to a lawsuit filed in Ontario.
In the Walls.com UDRP linked above, the company successfully defending its ownership while citing its use of the domain name in question, which to me, also seems to be applicable for Lorenzo.com:
“Since 1996, NetIdentity had been providing personalized e-mail blogging and web-hosting services through a collection of personal surname addresses. NetIdentity had acquired thousands of surname domain names such as <smith.net> and including the disputed domain name <walls.com>. Customers with hosted websites with NetIdentity are given third level domain names corresponding to their own first name and surname, e.g. <bill.smith.net>. Netidentity had this secured over 70% of US surnames as domain names.”
Considering the similar circumstances between the Lorenzo.com domain name and the Walls.com domain name, I don’t see why the company shouldn’t retain the rights to Lorenzo.com.
In my opinion, it’s upsetting that a company can so easily try and claim rights to a generic domain name that is being used by another company for its business operations. Of course Tucows can easily afford the legal fees in such an instance, but it’s upsetting to me that Tucows needs to defend this domain name.