Owner of valuable Pocketbook.com domain sues PocketBook International SA for alleged reverse domain name hijacking.
The owner of the valuable domain name Pocketbook.com has countersued PocketBook International SA, a company that sells ebook readers.
PocketBook International SA filed a UDRP against the domain name in 2019, and a three-person panel denied the complaint. The ebook company then filed a cybersquatting lawsuit in California.
Now the domain name owner, SiteTools, Inc., is countersuing (pdf) the ebook company. It claims that PocketBook International SA is attempting reverse domain name hijacking. SiteTools is asking the court to cancel PocketBook’s U.S. trademarks and to award up to $100,000 for reverse domain name hijacking, plus pay attorneys fees.
Pocketbook is, of course, a great domain name for a financial website. And that’s how SiteTools is currently using the domain name. It also has a U.S. trademark.
Michael Rodenbaugh is representing SiteTools.
Another baseless RDNH attempt.
The registrant of Pocketbook*com will win in federal court. Wannabe hijackers are only showing how desperate they are to own the URL property by any means. Wonder how much it’ll cost PI SA to secure the asset from registrant after dragging owner through panels and courts to attempt tp hijack the URL?
Await the outcome of the suit in CA court.
Keep us posted Andrew.
When this is all over, someone is definitely going to have to dig into their “pocketbook”…