I was reading through the most recent UDRP filings at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and I saw that a UDRP was filed for the MSC.com domain name. On the WIPO page for this UDRP, the complainant in this action is listed as a company called MSC Mediterrean [sp?] Shipping Company Holding S.A. It appears that there may be a typo on the WIPO website because that is not how you spell Mediterranean.
Aside from the fact that this is a three letter .com domain name and there are many companies around the world that use the “MSC” initials, this UDRP filing is notable because this domain name sold for quite a bit of money in 2013. According to Ron Jackson’s DNJournal sales report in December of 2013, MSC.com was reportedly sold for â‚¬35,000 via Sedo, which was approximately $47,600 USD. At the time of the report, that was the largest public sale of the week.
Since January of this year, MSC.com has been registered under privacy guard, so I do not know who bought the domain name. At the time of this post, the domain name forwards to what looks like an individual’s website. I don’t know how the domain name was being used prior to when I just visited it.
Assuming that there is a simple typo on the WIPO website, I used Google to find a company that looks like it could be the company that filed the UDRP complaint. Mediterranean Shipping Company SA, which uses the MSC initials throughout its website, uses mscgva.ch as its url for its website. Obviously, MSC.com would be more desireable for them to use.
Hopefully the domain name owner uses an attorney with UDRP experience to defend this valuable domain name. It’s very frustrating to see companies use the UDRP process to get high value domain names, and once the finding is published, we will see why the company believes it has rights to this domain name.