National Arbitration Forum panel orders stolen domain name be returned to its longtime owner.
An allegedly stolen three letter domain name has been returned to its previous owner through a UDRP cybersquatting claim.
Mountain View, California software company GPZ Technology, Inc. registered GPZ.com in 1996. The domain name was apparently stolen from its 1&1 domain name registrar account earlier this year and transferred to Registrar of Domain Names REG.RU LLC. GPZ provided a police report to the panel.
Although GPZ Technology doesn’t have any registered trademarks for GPZ, panelist Neil Anthony Brown QC determined that it had common law rights in the term.
In cases of alleged theft, panelists will often give the benefit of the doubt to the complainant, especially when the alleged thief doesn’t respond to the allegations.