A UDRP has been filed against the high value CQC.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This is WIPO Case D2017-0129. I believe it is the first UDRP filed against a three letter .com (LLL.com) so far in 2017.
CQC.com is currently registered to Earthlink, the IT services and communications company headquartered in Atlanta. I am not sure if the domain name is owned by Earthlink or if it is owned by a customer. When I visited CQC.com today, it showed a MyEarthlink landing page.
CQC.com was created in October of 1997, making the domain name nearly 20 years old. Domain names like this have been very popular in China, especially with the repeating letter C. Estibot values this domain name at over $150,000. I am not sure how accurate this figure is, but I would imagine the domain name would sell for high 5 or low 6 figures, although the Chinese market is not my area of expertise.
The complainant in this UDRP filing is a company called Clasen Quality Chocolate, Inc. It looks like they operate on the Clasen.us domain name, and when I searched Google for the company name, the meta title of the domain name was Clasen Quality Chocolate. It wasn’t until I got to the company’s website that I saw the company’s logo makes use of the CQC acronym.
UDRP complainants need to prove three elements in order to win the complaint. Judging only by what I see, I would be pretty shocked if this UDRP succeeds. I simply can’t imagine a panel/panelist will find that this 19 year old domain name was registered and is being used in bad faith.
I would not be surprised to learn that the company tried to acquire the domain name and didn’t get a response (or a response they liked) so they filed the UDRP. Perhaps there is more to it than what I can see, so we shall await the UDRP decision to see what is going on here.
Update: According to UDRPSearch.com, the complaint was denied. The decision was just published on WIPO’s website. Reverse domain name hijacking “because this Complaint appears, on balance, to be more misconceived than malicious in nature.”