A UDRP has been filed against Weeds.com, Weeds.net, and Weeds.org at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The UDRP is WIPO Case D2017-1517.
Interestingly, these three domain names appear to be owned by three different domain registrants. Weeds.com and Weeds.org are registered under privacy proxy, but a Whois history search at DomainTools shows that these domain names were owned by separate entities prior to the Whois record being made private, and I don’t see anything to indicate that they were sold.Weeds.net has a public Whois record that shows it is owned by Name Administration (Frank Schilling’s company). Weeds.com was registered in 1998, Weeds.net was registered in 1999, and Weeds.org was registered in 2002.
All three of these domain names are parked at Uniregistry. As one might expect based on the “weeds” keyword, these three domain names have pay per click advertising with weed and lawn care related keywords. These three domain names have some form of “for sale” notice at the top of the landing page. I would be curious if the complainant tried to buy these valuable domain names before filing the UDRP.
The complainant in this UDRP is listed as Weeds, Inc. A Google search shows a company with that name uses WeedsInc.com for its website. I am not positive that this is the company that filed the UDRP but it would be my first guess. According to the WeedsInc.com website, the company is in the weed control business.
Because “weeds” is a generic term and the monetization of all three domain names is in line with the actual meaning of the term, I don’t see how the complainant will be able to prove all three elements of a UDRP to win. I will be curious to see how the UDRP is handled assuming these three domain names are owned by different domain registrants.
I will keep an eye on this proceeding and will share an update when I learn more.