Company tries to get control of competitor’s domain but is nailed for reverse domain name hijacking instead.
An overspray removal company has been found to have tried reverse domain name hijacking a domain name through UDRP.
National Overspray Removal, LLC filed a cybersquatting complaint with National Arbitration Forum over the domain name nationaloversprayremovalservice.com.
The domain is owned by another Texas company that does overspray removal, a service for removing overspray paint and other chemicals from autos.
The Complainant relied on a trademark it filed in 2017 claiming first use in June 2010. But the Respondent registered the domain in May 2010. Furthermore, it’s clear the Respondent is using the domain for a business.
Noting the dates, panelist Steven M. Levy found in favor of the Respondent and reverse domain name hijacking.
The two parties are currently embroiled in a court case over the name.