Domain name expired after company was put in administration.National Arbitration Forum panelist Neil Anthony Brown has ordered the domain name Bid.tv transferred.
The story of this domain name is interesting. It was used by UK company Sit-Up Ltd (trading as Bid Shopping) for many years. That company was put in administration (similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy) last year. Earlier this year, an entity called Bid Shopping Limited acquired the intellectual property, including domain names, of the company.
However, Bid.tv expired after Sit-Up went into administration. The domain name was registered by the respondent, who lives in China.
Bid Shopping Limited filed the UDRP to recover the domain.
The domain name owner did himself no favors by not responding to the complaint. However, I still question the decision to transfer the domain name in this case. I’m especially surprised to see this decision from Neil Brown, who tends to favor with respondents in many cases involving generic domain names.