I am an active user of UDRPSearch.com. As someone who writes about the business of domain name investing, I think it is important to stay aware of new and ongoing UDRP proceedings. I also think UDRPSearch.com is a good way for me to assess some risk when acquiring a domain name.
The percentage of UDRP filings compared to domain names is miniscule. Although a bright light is usually cast on UDRP proceedings that involve generic and/or otherwise valuable domain names, there are probably proceedings that go undetected or were filed before domain industry publications existed. Although I know of many UDRP filings, there are likely hundreds of UDRP proceedings filed against valuable domain names I don’t know of off the top of my head.
When buying a domain name, it is important to know if a UDRP had been filed against the name previously. I wouldn’t want to buy a domain name that was once subject to a UDRP and then have the company take another shot at a UDRP proceeding after an ownership change. I generally do a search for the domain name in UDRPSearch.com before agreeing to buy it to ensure I am not buying a “risky” domain name.
In addition to searching for specific domain names, I can also search the website for specific keywords. Perhaps a company has filed several domain names with a specific keyword, and if I purchase a domain name with the keyword, the company could be monitoring changes in that space and decide to file a UDRP. This additional research may be unnecessary, but it can help identify potential risks.
There is no real way to completely eliminate UDRP / legal risk when buying a domain name. A company could file a UDRP seemingly out of the blue because they want it and think they should have the right to own it. However, I like to do what I can to identify and potentially mitigate risk prior to buying a domain name instead of potentially being blindsided. I would kick myself if I bought a name that had a UDRP history that I didn’t see only to have a UDRP filed again after I bought it. I think UDRPSearch.com is a good tool to assess some risk.