A UDRP has been filed against the Zero.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The complainant in this case is listed as CKL Holdings N.V. The Zero.com UDRP is WIPO Case D2016-1382.
When I saw the UDRP in the WIPO database, I had to do a double take. Zero.com was created back in June of 1992, nearly 25 years ago. The domain name looks like it is privately registered, as the registrant is listed as DNStination Inc. When I visited Zero.com today, the domain name only resolved to an ISP error page for me, although I am not sure if that changed as a result of the UDRP filing.
A Whois History search at DomainTools shows that the DNStination Inc. has been the registrant since at least early 2011. A search of NameBio shows that Zero.com “last sold for $329,420 on 2010-10-24 at SnapNames.” I did a search of Archive.org and it does not look like they have any archived pages since early 2011, so it doesn’t even appear that the domain name has been used.
I did a Google search for CKL Holdings N.V and Zero to see if I could find more information about why the company filed a UDRP, and I found a trademark for the word “Zero” on the TMDB.eu website. I did a search for the term “zero” in the USPTO’s database, and there are thousands of results. There are tons of registered domain names that have the word “zero” in them.
I am not sure why the complainant believes it should be able to get the very valuable Zero.com domain name via the UDRP process, but I am sure I will find out when the decision is published.
I will be following this UDRP proceeding and will provide an update once I see a decision rendered.
Update: This UDRP case has been terminated.