Company uses UDRP to regain control of domains it says were stolen.
A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has ordered (pdf) the domains PV.com and PacketVideo.com to be returned to PacketVideo Corporation in California.
The company told the panel that the domain names were stolen from its Network Solutions account. The perpetrator then demanded $17,000 in Bitcoin to return the domain names.
Panelist Georges Nahitchevansky struggled with the question of whether PacketVideo Corporation had trademarks related to the domains. He determined the rights are weak, but also that if a hacker targeted them, there must be some sort of notoriety.
I’m a bit confused by the timeline of the alleged theft. The Complainant alleged that it lost control of the domains in March 2023, and then the hacker reached out demanding the ransom. But historical Whois records for the domains show that the Whois information changed in early 2021.
Given the value of the assets at issue, I hope the panelist reviewed actual proof of the ransom demand.