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Third RDNH involving Indian law firm

…and its managing partner is a WIPO panelist.

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The Indian Hotels Company Limited, a subsidiary within The Tata Group of companies, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name IndianHotels.com.

The decision isn’t surprising given the descriptive nature of the name and other factors. The three-member panel unanimously agreed that the Complainant abused the administrative proceeding by filing the case.

Here’s what’s particularly notable about the case: the Complainant was represented by Anand & Anand, a law firm in India. By my count, this is the third reverse domain name hijacking decision against this firm’s clients.

Even more concerning is that Pravin Anand, the firm’s managing partner, is a panelist for World Intellectual Property Organization. It’s not clear which attorneys at the firm filed the UDRP cases, but it’s troubling that it has been hit with three reverse domain name hijacking decisions, and extra troubling given that its managing partner serves as a panelist.

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  1. mike says

    Wow, good find on that insider connection. So many conflicts of interest, and people have no issue turning a blind eye to all this.

  2. Undaunt says

    Other fillings should be deeply investigated where panelist know who is who so they can connived and steal domains wrongly.This is big news.Thanks Andrew for pointing that out. Domainers take note.

  3. Meyer says

    It is a case of the lawyer/panelist attempting to sell his position as a panelist.
    He must be a good salesman.

    I wonder if he was only paid on success, how many complainants he would bring to WIPO??

  4. Frank says

    HA HA HA
    is it that the indian billionaire TATA is just a greedy guy or is the law firm part of the indian MAFIA ?

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