This afternoon, I noticed that a UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization against the four letter Raja.com domain name. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2019-1680, and it looks like it was filed this week. According to a translation tool I used, the Hindi word Raja means King in English.
The Raja.com domain name was created in August of 1995, making it almost 24 years old. The domain name is currently parked via Sedo. You can see a screenshot of the landing page below. I do not see the domain name listed for sale via Sedo though.
The domain name appears to be registered to a registrant from Mountain View, California named Raja. In looking at DomainTools’ Whois History tool, the oldest historical record archived is from 2003. At that time, it appears that the domain name was registered to the same person who owns it now. It is very possible the domain name was registered to the same person for an even longer period of time.
At this time, I don’t really know who filed the UDRP. On the WIPO website, the complainant is listed as “Raja,” which is quite unhelpful. Google has hundreds of millions of results for a search of “raja,” and even LinkedIn has nearly 300,000 results for “raja,” with over 1,500 company results for “raja” alone. The only thing on the landing page that I can see that would get me to possibly guess the registrant is a link for “RAJAPACK,” as there is a company called that in the UK. However, it looks like the complainant name is different, so I really don’t know.
A complainant will need to prove the domain name was registered AND is being used in bad faith to win the UDRP. If that is really the case, I don’t understand why it has taken so long for the complainant to file the UDRP. If that is not the case, the UDRP should fail because proving registration and usage in bad faith is one of the three components that is required.
Unless there is more to the story that I can’t see, I do not see how the complainant is going to win this UDRP. The fact that I can’t even identify the entity that filed the UDRP pretty much shows just how generic the word “raja” is. I will keep my eye on the UDRP and share an update when it is decided.
Update: Domain registrant won the UDRP but Reverse Domain Name Hijacking was not discussed in the decision.