Lawyer manipulates parked page links in UDRP.
Here’s a fun fact: if you search for “chicken” in the search box of a parked page, you’ll get search results related to chicken.
And if you are a complainant basing your allegations of targeted infringement on said search results, you’re probably not going to win your case.
That’s what just happened with a case brought by Raising Cane’s USA, LLC. The company owns chicken finger restaurants and apparently uses the term “One Love” in its brand.
It filed a UDRP over the domain name OneLove.com. The registrant of the domain name said he registered it because of the popularity of the reggae song ‘One Love’ popularized by Bob Marley.
That makes a whole lot more sense than buying it to upset a chicken chain. Honestly, I just played around with Google for quite a bit before finding references to Raising Cane’s and “one love” when searching for “One Love”.
In order to “prove” that the parked domain name was being used for infringement, Raising Cane’s lawyer Bassam N. Ibrahim of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC apparently typed “chicken” into the search box on OneLove.com. Walla! “Infringing” links.
Yeah, the panel didn’t fall for that one. The registrant, represented by John Berryhill, won the case.