Texas university files UDRP to get Baylor.com domain name.
Baylor University, a Christian school in Waco, Texas, has filed a UDRP arbitration to get the domain name Baylor.com. The school’s official web address is Baylor.edu.
Baylor has had a good UDRP winning streak lately. The conservative university has won seven cases for dozens of domains already this year. Among the domains it has won are BaylorBears.biz, IHateBaylor.com, and BaylorSalsa.com. It has a pending decision for Baylor-University.com as well.
The case was filed through Austin law firm PirkeyBarber LLP. When contacted by Domain Name Wire, Baylor University would not immediately comment on the case saying it doesn’t comment on pending litigation. Baylor.com owner Bryan Graves also declined to comment.
Most of Baylor’s UDRP filings are clear-cut cases, but this one may be more challenging. Baylor.com is parked at SmartName with a generic looking lander that doesn’t appear to have anything to do with college or students. It contains one related search term for “Baylor”. A historical whois record shows that the domain used to be owned by “The Baylor Company” in Sugarland, Texas before Graves bought it. Baylor is also a county in Texas and a common last name. Based on this information, it doesn’t appear that there’s much likelihood for confusion and this is a generic domain…certainly different than the recent UniversityofTexas.com case.
It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.