Owner of .net domain name filed cybersquatting complaint.Baseball equipment company DBAT has lost a UDRP it filed against Frank Schilling for the domain name DBAT.com. The baseball company uses the DBAT.NET domain name.
According to the decision (embedded below), DBAT originally threatened Shilling with a UDRP in 2009. It then tried to acquire the domain name through an attorney in 2012. While the details of the 2012 discussions are in dispute, it’s clear that the company tried to buy the domain name that year.
Three years after trying to buy the domain and 6 years after threatening a UDRP originally, DBAT brought a UDRP for the domain.
The panel determined that the domain name was not registered and used in bad faith. It was registered shortly after DBAT started business and before it received any registered trademarks, and the panel found it unlikely that Schilling had ever heard of the complainant at the time his company registered the domain name.
Schilling was represented by John Berryhill. DBAT was represented by Steven L. Rinehart, the same attorney that filed the recent lawsuit against MySchool.com.