Third RDNH Involving Indian Law Firm

Third RDNH involving Indian law firm

…and its managing partner is a WIPO panelist.

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The Indian Hotels Company Limited, a subsidiary within The Tata Group of companies, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name IndianHotels.com.

The decision isn’t surprising given the descriptive nature of the name and other factors. The three-member panel unanimously agreed that the Complainant abused the administrative proceeding by filing the case.

Here’s what’s particularly notable about the case: the Complainant was represented by Anand & Anand, a law firm in India. By my count, this is the third reverse domain name hijacking decision against this firm’s clients.

Even more concerning is that Pravin Anand, the firm’s managing partner, is a panelist for World Intellectual Property Organization. It’s not clear which attorneys at the firm filed the UDRP cases, but it’s troubling that it has been hit with three reverse domain name hijacking decisions, and extra troubling given that its managing partner serves as a panelist.

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Author: Andrew Allemann

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