Richard P. Glass, Jr., represented by Charles F. Meroni, Jr. of Meroni & Meroni, P.C., Illinois, USA has just been found guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) on the domain name Petfinity.com
The complainant based his claim on a trademark registered in 2013.
The domain name was registered on September 24, 1999.
“The panel noted that domain was registered by the domain holder on September 24, 1999, which was one month before the UDRP became effective.
“Complainant was well aware that Respondent had 14 years of prior use of the
The Panel found that Complainant acted in bad faith and engaged in reverse domain name hijacking by initiating this dispute.
Complainant is attempting to deprive Respondent, the rightful, registered holder of the petfinity.com domain name, of its rights to use the disputed domain name.
Before filing the Complaint, Complainant clearly knew that the petfinity.com disputed domain name had been long ago registered and used by Respondent. For example, prior to bringing this proceeding, Respondent points out that Complainant registered other PETFINITY domain names including (.net and .org) on or about July 30, 2013. Thus, Complainant knew or should have known that it was unable to prove that Respondent lacks rights or legitimate interests in the petfinity.com
It is clear from correspondence attached to the Complainant that Complainant offered to purchase the
Even more troubling from the perspective of an RDNH analysis, Complainant has made no case whatsoever that it has ever used the PETFINITY mark for any purpose. The Panel finds that there is sufficient evidence to find that reverse domain name hijacking has occurred.