Company says .Com domains must be used commercially, and offers to pay money in return for getting a domain name through UDRP.
BURRI public elements AG of Glattbrugg, Switzerland has filed one of the most misguided UDRPs I’ve ever seen.
The company filed a UDRP against Markus Burri, also of Switzerland, to try to get the domain name Burri.com.
The complainant argued:
The Respondent has no legitimate interests in respect of the disputed domain name, because he is not using it for commercial purposes. “.com” domains were originally intended for commercial use. The Complainant is going to expand its export activities in the next years. That’s why it is important to have a domain name for commercial use that is easy to find for potential customers around the world. So the Respondent has no need for the disputed domain name, but the Complainant does.
Even better, the complainant asked the panel to transfer the domain name to it, but agreed to pay 15,000 Swiss Franc (about $14,600 USD) upon transfer of the domain name through UDRP! (The Respondent had offered to sell it for $50,000.)
Panelist Tobias Zuberbühler obviously rejected the complaint. BURRI was represented internally, but Zuberbühler still should have found it to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking in this case. He didn’t discuss this issue.