We are in the third week of 2019, and it looks like we just had the first UDRP filing for a valuable three letter .com domain name (LLL.com). According to UDRPSearch.com, a UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) for the RDW.com domain name. This UDRP filing is case #1824259.
When I visited RDW.com this afternoon, it appears to be showing the website for 6868.com, which is a Chinese website. Because of the language difference, I am unable to tell what is being offered or advertised on that website, but Google Translate seems to indicate it is some sort of domain name sales page. A Whois record for RDW.com shows that the domain name was created in 1999 and the registrant address is in China.
Because the UDRP was filed at NAF, the complainant is not yet listed. NAF publishes the complainant’s details once the UDRP decision has been published. I did a Google search for “RDW,” and most of the top results are related to the RDW acronym that stands for Red Cell Distribution Width. I looked at LinkedIn to see some of the top company results for RDW, and here are some of the results.
- RDW (Government organization using RDW.nl)
- RDW (Machinery company using rdw.com.au)
- RDW Group (Marketing company using rdwgroup.com)
- RDW architects (Architecture firm using RDWarchitects.com)
- RDW Tandartsen (Hospital organization using rdwtandartsen.nl)
There are quite a few other companies and organizations either called RDW or that use the RDW acronym/initials for their branding or marketing.
I looked through my email records, and I do not see any emails from brokers offering RDW.com for sale at any time. I also looked at NameBio, and I do not see any public sales records for the RDW.com domain name.
Because it is a valuable three letter acronym domain name and I don’t see any infringement, I would imagine the complainant is going to have an uphill battle. The domain name may appear to be offered for sale (I can’t say for sure because I don’t read Chinese), but I do not believe that should be sufficient to wrest control of a valuable three letter .com domain name from a registrant. I will keep an eye on this UDRP.
Update: The complainant in this UDRP was a company called RDW Imports, Inc. The complaint was denied, but the panel did not rule it was a case of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking.