Biofuels company lost an auction and filed a UDRP against the winner.
A company that lost a DropCatch.com expired domain auction has tried its hand at UDRP…and has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking (pdf).
Kvasir Technologies ApS tried to upgrade its domain to Kvasir.com in a DropCatch.com auction last year. But it lost to FutureSpark, which bought the domain for $7,175.
Still coveting the domain name, Kvasir filed a UDRP against the domain owner about a year later.
The panel found that there was no proof that the domain owner targeted the Complainant. The domain owner said he bought the domain because it’s a Norse god, not because of the Complainant.
When I search on Google for this term, the first page only refers to the Norse god.
In finding reverse domain name hijacking, the panel wrote:
the Panel finds that the Complainant and its Counsel have contravened the above RDNH bases, because of their knowledge of a lack of the Respondent’s bad faith directed towards the Complainant, making the assertion that the Respondent must have been targeting the Complainant highly unlikely. Finally, as it has been stated in previous decisions, a complainant is at risk of a RDNH declaration when its attempt to try and buy a domain name is not successful, and it tries to obtain it by using, or rather “abusing”, the UDRP.