Time to hire a new lawyer.
Walker Edison Furniture Company or its attorney, J. Dustin Howell of Workman Nydegger, clearly doesn’t understand the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).
Last month it was found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name ForestGate.com. Now the same finding has been handed down in a case it brought against the domain name ManorPark.com.
The complainant apparently doesn’t understand (or ignored) the fact that you can’t claim cybersquatting when the registration of a domain name pre-dates your trademark. In this case, it appears that Walker Edison just recently started selling a product line under the Manor Park brand. It filed an intent-to-use trademark application earlier this year.
Also, the domain name has been in use promoting Manor Park Guaranteed Investment Funds Limited, so it clearly wasn’t registered in bad faith and the owner has a legitimate interest in the domain name.
The domain owner says that Walker Edison first tried to by the domain name before it filed the UDRP.