sues owner of owner has claimed stole his business idea.

Neighborhood social networking site has sued the owner of — 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 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 publicly launched, Abhyanker sent an email to’s co-founder, in which he expressed an interest in working with and being a co-founder of the company. didn’t respond.

On November 10, 2011, Abhyanker sued, 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 at the same time, along with and

He also filed two notices of opposition against’s own trademark applications, according to the lawsuit.

He later sent a notice to NextDoor claiming its use of violated the anticybersquatting consumer protection act and also threatened filing a UDRP.

So 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

With he potential for a $100,000 judgment for cybersquatting, NextDoor hopes to put an end to Abhyanker’s claims.


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