Wynn Resorts Holdings, LLC recently filed seven separate UDRPs at the World Intellectual Property Organization. From what I can tell, it looks like there are 253 domain names involved in these seven UDRP filings. The cases are WIPO Case D2019-1604, WIPO Case 2019-1606, WIPO Case 2019-1608, WIPO Case 2019-1713, WIPO Case D2019-1847, WIPO Case D2019-1855, and WIPO Case D2019-1858. Wynn has filed other UDRPs, but these are the most recent ones I noticed.
I found these UDRP filings peculiar because of the types of domain names that are included. Here are five domain names included in these seven most recent UDRP filings at WIPO:
Yes, Wynn probably has a good shot at winning the UDRP proceedings. Wynn is a famous brand name in the gaming and hospitality space, so they will most likely win the UDRP without sweating much (unless I am missing something).
That being said, I don’t really see the point in spending money on UDRP filings against domain names like these. A registrant could lose these domain names in the UDRP and simply go out and spend $10 to register WynnPlay12345.com or Wynn88888.com instead. It doesn’t seem like these domain names are special, but it does seem like similar domain names can easily be re-registered.
Even without considering any legal fees (or the time it takes if done by in-house counsel), it looks like Wynn paid more for the UDRP filings than these domain names cost to register! Someone could easily go out and register a bunch of other similar domain names, and Wynn will be in the same position in the future.
I am sure Wynn is not hurting for money, but it seems a bit silly to file UDRPs against worthless domain names like these . I would understand the idea of going after typo domain names or other Wynn + generic terms that could confuse visitors, but I don’t understand the strategy behind this. Perhaps someone with legal expertise can comment on the strategy of filing UDRPs on domain names like these.