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Fortune 500 Company Goes After Three Letter .Com But Loses

Company with $5 billion in annual sales decides to try to nab domain through arbitration rather than buy it. The price just went up.

The owner of TDS.com has successfully defended his domain name from Telephone and Data Systems, Inc in a UDRP case.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. is #450 on this year’s Fortune 500 list and generated nearly $5 billion in revenue last year.

TDS.com was originally registered way back in 1991. The current registrant, Daniel Wang, started working for the domain owner Trident Data Systems in 1997 and was listed as the Administrative and Technical Contacts for the domain name as of 2001.

Trident was then acquired by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GDAIS).

In 2009 Wang worked with the company to transfer the domain name to his ownership.

Wang later parked the domain name, which may be where Telephone and Data Systems saw its opportunity.

The panel found that the complainant didn’t prove that Wang lacked rights or legitimate interests in the domain name.

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  1. John Berryhill says

    The case was defended by Zak Muscovitch, who should be on every domainer’s contact list.

    Among other things, Mr. Muscovitch is noted for reversing the Canadian.biz NAF decision in court, which would have transferred all of Canada to the Molson Brewing Company.

  2. DR.VEGAS says

    Yay for the little guy!

    “I’ll take three letter domains for 5million Alex please.”

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