Poorly formed case was dead on arrival.
Indiana company International Lighting Corporation has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Interlight.com.
The company uses the domain Interlight.biz, and wanted to upgrade to the .com.
However, its case was extremely poorly formed and it was dead on arrival:
- The owner of Interlight.com has owned it since 1997, well before the complainant received registered rights in the name. It claimed use of the mark dating to 1993 but provided no proof.
- It erroneously said that the current owner acquired the domain name in 2008, but that was just a hosting change. A quick look at whois history disproves an ownership transfer.
- International Lighting only selectively disclosed communications with the owner, leaving out multiple attempts to buy the domain name.
- The panelist also pointed out multiple weaknesses in the case, as if it was merely phoned in.
International Lighting was represented by Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, PLC. Based on the panelist’s written decision, it did a very poor job representing a case that should have never been filed in the first place.