Red Bull spends big bucks disputing domains, then let’s them go.
Is it possible that Red Bull’s lawyers are too caffeinated when they file domain name disputes through UDRP?
More than perhaps any other company, Red Bull finds itself winning domains at UDRP that are “canceled” instead of “transferred”. This means that the current registration is deleted and the domains become available for re-registration rather than being transferred to the winner.
I’ve seen cases where a panelist accidentally declares a domain canceled, but it would appear that Red Bull’s lawyers may be to blame for these cases. How else you can explain over 70 domains it has won at UDRP being canceled? Surely its lawyers are asking for domains to be canceled rather than transferred.
And what happens to those domains after they’re canceled? Red Bull is lax about picking them up. I checked the status of all 72 domains I’ve found canceled on behalf of Red Bull that have gone through deletion. Red Bull currently owns only four of them. All four of those were from one case, too.
12 of the canceled domains were subsequently registered by another party and fully 56 of them are currently available for registration.