HP gets two letter ccTLD in WIPO decision.
Hewlett-Packard has won the transfer of the domain name HP.nu in a UDRP decision at World Intellectual Property Organization.
.Nu is the ccTLD for the island state of Niue. The operators of .nu use the standard UDRP for handling domain name disputes.
The domain name owner tried to put up a defense that he registered a bunch of short .nu domain names and was not targeting HP with his registration. Nunames offered a promotion for 30 free domain names last year, and respondent registered ae.nu, ag.nu and ak.nu, among others. He also argued that the domain was short for “högskoleprovet”, a Swedish university entrance exam.
In fact, if you go to the domain name now, you’ll see information about the exam. The problem is that this isn’t what the domain name was used for when the complaint was filed. The respondent parked the domain name and the landing page was full of ads for HP technology products.
Thus, the panel ruled that the domain name was registered in bad faith.