Company files dead-on-arrival cybersquatting dispute.
Furniture company Walker Edison has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking by a National Arbitration Forum panelist.
The decision comes after Walker Edison Furniture Company filed a cybersquatting complaint under UDRP against the domain name ForestGate.com. Walker Edison has a furniture brand called Forest Gate.
But the owner of the domain name ForestGate.com registered it in 1999, well before Walker Edison started using the brand. It filed a trademark application just weeks before filing the UDRP. It claimed common law rights, but even those potential rights postdated the domain registration.
In other words, the complaint was doomed to fail.
The fact that the UDRP was filed so soon after the trademark application makes me question the complainant representative’s (J. Dustin Howell of Workman Nydegger) understanding of UDRP.