and Subject of UDRP Filings (Update)

Two geographic domain names have become the subject of two separate UDRP proceedings at the World Intellectual Property Organization. A UDRP was filed against (WIPO Case D2017-1016), and a UDRP was filed against  (WIPO Case D2017-0985). and are owned by two different registrants, which is why there are two separate  UDRP filings. was registered over 20 years ago (back in  1996) and is owned by someone in Houston, Texas. has a creation date of September of 2006, although the domain name had been registered and expired prior to that. This domain name is owned by a registrant in Laredo, Texas.

When I visited this afternoon, the domain name resolved to a default  GoDaddy landing  page. When I visited this afternoon, I was forwarded to a “coming soon” landing page on a different website (likely the owner of the domain name).According to NameBio, was acquired at auction for $35,000 back in 2009. Based on DomainTools’ Whois History tool, it appears that the domain name changed hands since the auction, although that is just a guess.

The complainant in both of these UDRP proceedings is Commune De Versailles Collectivite Territoriale. I did a Google search for this complainant, and I found a trademark for the “Versailles” term in Trademarkia. I am unsure if this entity is affiliated with any governmental agency or organization.

I don’t speak (or understand) French, but I always assumed Versailles is French palace and geographic area that has become a major tourist attraction. I don’t really see  how all of the elements of the UDRP could  be proven, but these  will certainly be interesting UDRP proceedings to follow.

As an aside, although I have been to France several times, I have never visited Versailles. That said, my favorite room/exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is the Versailles room, which is a painting around a circular room that offers a panoramic view of Versailles.

Update: is showing that the UDRP has been terminated. The current Whois record shows that this domain name has changed hands. I reached out to the former registrant to ask if he can confirm that the domain name was sold or if he gave it up.

Update # 2: is showing the UDRP complaint has been denied, and the domain owner will retain the domain name.

Elliot Silver
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  1. Could be the owners of trying to increase their visibility by getting hold of the name – there is also a very popular TV historical drama series on UK tv at the moment – jointly made with the French I believe- all about French King Louis XIV and life in his place at Versailles.

  2. Was at Versailles during my honeymoon, great place to visit, took the train there from Paris.

    The gardens impressed me most, HUGE! You literally cannot see its end with the naked eye.

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