NextDoor.com sues owner of NextDoor.cm
Thursday, November 8th, 2012
NextDoor.cm owner has claimed NextDoor.com stole his business idea.
Neighborhood social networking site NextDoor.com has sued the owner of NextDoor.cm — but this isn’t a simple allegation of cybersquatting.
The company filed the suit (pdf) in U.S. District Court in San Francisco to put an end to what it says are baseless claims that NextDoor.com stole its business idea from defendant Raj Abhyanker.
You can read some details about Abhyanker’s previous claims here.
The suit alleges that on the day after NextDoor.com publicly launched, Abhyanker sent an email to NextDoor.com’s co-founder, in which he expressed an interest in working with and being a co-founder of the company. NextDoor.com didn’t respond.
On November 10, 2011, Abhyanker sued NextDoor.com, claiming in part that he came up with the idea for a local social networking service in 2005. Abhyanker’s previous business name, under which he planned to launch the service, was FatDoor.
In December 2011 Abhyanker applied for a trademark registration for “NextDoor”. NextDoor alleges he also registered the domain name Nextdoor.cm at the same time, along with NextLawn.com and NextYard.com
He also filed two notices of opposition against NextDoor.com’s own trademark applications, according to the lawsuit.
He later sent a notice to NextDoor claiming its use of NextDoor.com violated the anticybersquatting consumer protection act and also threatened filing a UDRP.
So NextDoor.com is taking the proactive approach now. It’s asking the court for declaratory relief, and also throwing in its own charge of cybersquatting for Abhyanker’s registration of NextDoor.cm.
With he potential for a $100,000 judgment for cybersquatting, NextDoor hopes to put an end to Abhyanker’s claims.