20 domains canceled, meaning they can just be used again.
Sanofi has won a cybersquatting case against the owner of 20 domain names that have Ambien (Sanofi’s blockbuster sleeping medicine) in them. The owner of the domain names used them to put up online pharmacies.
But what good will it do? The perpetrator will merely spin up a handful of over domain names and continue to set up dubious online pharmacies.
I imagine Sanofi knows this. It requested that the domain names be canceled rather than transferred. This means the current owner of the domains can re-register them as soon as they are deleted.
I suppose going through the hassle of filing a UDRP makes sense when sites are getting traction or landing in search engine results. At that point, however, I think it’s worth the company requesting transfer rather than cancellation so the domains can be locked away for the remainder of their current registration period.