Gum removal company continues to chase elusive domain name.
Gumwand Inc, a company that sells tools to remove gum from flooring and public spaces, has filed a lawsuit (pdf) in Federal District Court in Virginia to get the domain name Gumwand.com.
The company uses Gumwand.net and has been trying to get Gumwand.com for years. It originally sued the owner of Gumwand.com in 2015 in New York. The court issued a default judgment in 2017, demanding that the domain name be transferred to Gumwand Inc.
But Gumwand Inc. has had trouble getting the domain transferred. The original defendant has changed its name several times, according to the company.
It filed a case with National Arbitration Forum this summer. The Forum denied the complaint but the decision hasn’t been published yet.
So now Gumwand is doing what it probably should have done in the beginning: file a case in the Eastern District of Virginia, where .com registry Verisign is located. It filed an in rem case there on August 9. If the court enters a default judgment, it can order Verisign to transfer the domain name.
One thing perplexing about this case is that Gumwand.com was registered before Gumwand.net. It may be that the creator of the device announced the product without registering the domain name. It will be interesting to read the UDRP decision to see if it explains the order of events.