Another day, another incompetent cybersquatting case

Please hire a lawyer familiar with UDRP.

the words "reverse domain name hijacking" in pale yellow type on a black bacground, next to a graphic of a pirate face

If you think someone is cybersquatting on your brand, please hire a competent lawyer familiar with UDRP to evaluate and file your dispute.

For the second day in a row, a Complainant has failed to make arguments for the second two prongs of UDRP: rights or legitimate interests and registration and use in bad faith.

Yesterday, I wrote about a reverse domain name hijacking decision for where the Complaint didn’t address these two elements, which must be shown to win a case. The panel found reverse domain name hijacking.

Today, it’s Scentsational Shoppe, Inc.’s turn. It filed a complaint against It similarly lost on all three elements, and for the last two, it didn’t make any arguments other than reciting the text (for the last element, it merely wrote, “The domain name has been registered and used in bad faith” with no supporting evidence).

In finding reverse domain name hijacking, panelist Lawrence Nodine wrote (pdf):

Complainant is represented by counsel, who knew or should have known it could not succeed as to any of the required three elements of the Policy.

Complainant must have been aware that its trademark rights were severely limited, but made no offer of evidence of its use of the Mark and or any evidence regarding secondary meaning.

Complainant made no effort to explain why Respondent’s website did not evidence a bona fide online business. Complainant similarly made no effort to support its allegations of bad faith.

Complainant clearly ought to have known it could not succeed under any fair interpretation of facts reasonably available prior to the filing of the complaint, including relevant facts on the website at the Domain Name.

The Panel finds RDNH.

The Vanel Law Firm, P.C. represented the Complainant. Hollander Law, P.C. represented the domain owner.

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