According to the UDRP database at the World Intellectual Property Organization, a UDRP was just filed for the iPayments.com domain name. Making this more interesting to me, the iPayments.com domain name was sold at a NameJet auction in April of 2015 for $1,877. There were 122 bids from 91 bidders in the auction.
The WIPO database shows that the UDRP was filed by a company called iPayment, Inc. I first visited iPayment.com and was forwarded to a website operated by a company called CORE Business Technologies, which I do not believe is related to the UDRP complainant. I did a Google search for iPayment, Inc. and the first result is a website that operates on the iPaymentInc.com domain name. The logo on that website says iPayment.
A historical Whois search from March 6, 2015 shows that the former owner of iPayments.com was iPayment, Inc. A historical Whois search from March 12, 2015 shows the domain name registrant as “Pending Renewal or Deletion.” The domain name was registered at Network Solutions, and this likely explains why it went to auction at NameJet. Without knowing the actual details yet, it appears that the company previously owned the domain name before it went to auction.
iPayments.com currently resolves to a parked page.
As someone who regularly bids on NameJet, this will be an interesting case to follow. If my assumption is correct, I will be looking at the following aspects of the UDRP decision:
- Can a company that once owned a domain name use a UDRP to retrieve it after an expired domain name auction?
- Is a domain name like iPayments.com considered descriptive by a UDRP panel?
- Did the company make an effort to acquire this domain name from the current owner before filing a UDRP?
Once the UDRP decision is published, I will follow up on this.