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20 years after registering, company hit with UDRP

Panel declines to find reverse domain name hijacking despite highly questionable UDRP.

Imagine registering a four letter .com domain name for your business in 1996. You use it off and on during that period, and then twenty years later you receive a complaint that alleges you’re cybersquatting.

That’s what happened to IMEC Hosting for its domain name

Imec International, which uses the domain name, filed a UDRP against the domain name last month.

A three-person National Arbitration Forum panel unsurprisingly found in IMEC Hosting’s favor. It determined that Imec International failed to make even a prima facie case that the respondent lacked rights or legitimate interests in the domain name. It also found that the domain wasn’t registered in bad faith.

Based on the decision, it appears that the complainant first tried to buy the domain name and turned to UDRP after it failed.

Despite these facts, the panel declined to find reverse domain name hijacking. Why? Well, the panel doesn’t give a reason. It just makes a terse statement that it found RDNH was not proved.

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Author: Andrew Allemann

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