Registry for United Kingdom domain names gets .com version of its name through UDRP.
Nominet, the registry responsible for managing the .uk country code domain name, has won the domain name Nominet.com through arbitration at World Intellectual Property Organization. The company’s official web site is Nominet.org.uk, but it also owns Nominet.co.uk.
The respondent in the case was Hansoo Bae of South Korea. The panel’s decision was rendered in Korean. Bae had parked the domain name with TrafficZ. The site currently displays links to “domain registration” and “buy domain”, among others.
.uk domain names have increased in popularity in recent years. A travel company made headlines after buying Cruise.co.uk for over $1,000,000. Other six figure sales include Recycle.co.uk, Mobile.co.uk, and Fly.co.uk, according to NameBio.
In doing research for this article, I came across another surprising find: WIPO doesn’t own WIPO.com. Its official site is wipo.int, but a visit to wipo.com yields a parked page featuring keywords such as “intellectual property” and “patents”. The domain is parked at ParkingSpa. You would think that the World Intellectual Property Organization would be on top of this. But it begs the question, would it file a UDRP through its rival National Arbitration Forum?