Company wants to drop the ‘e’ from its domain name.
A glassware and apparel company that goes by the name Grandstand has filed a UDRP against GrandStand.com, a common word domain name that was registered in 1995.
Based on DomainTools historical whois records, the current registrant has owned the domain name since at least 2001, which is when DomainTools started collecting records on the domain name. It is very likely the original owner.
The glassware company, Screen-It Graphics of Lawrence, Inc. d/b/a Grandstand, registered eGrandStand.com in or after 2004.
Grandstand.com has been resolving to “coming soon” pages without ads for many years.
Barring some sort of extenuating circumstances that aren’t apparent to me, this case is a candidate for reverse domain name hijacking.
It is the usual story, WHY Buy when you can invoke a UDRP for a pittance with no Costs awards against you even if you lose. Much better than Court where you stand to lose a LOT. Oh and you might get the domain for nothing.
I did not see any active TM for grandstand from this firm.
They do have 2 TMs on “Support craft beer” and “support local beer”. They used an IP law firm to apply for the TMs.
There are a number of TMs on the term – grandstand.
I did not see any TMs on egrandstand.
I hope the domain owner uses an IP lawyer like Berryhill or Lieberman. Otherwise, he will definitely lose the domain.