Rick Schwartz who has been known in the domain community as the “Domain King” has filed an administrative action to gain control of the domain name DomainKing.ng.
.Ng is the country code (ccTLD) for Nigeria.
Rick not only is commonly known as the Domain King inside the domain community, but has a federally registered trademark on the term “Domain King” in the United States since 2003 (which was renewed in 2013) as well as a European trademark.
DomainKing.ng is going to a full on domain name registrar site which appears to be owned by a company out of Jalandhar, India.
The complaint was filed with a the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA) which manages the Top Level Domain (.ng ccTLD) in a process similar to a UDRP.
Rick Schwartz told TheDomains.com that this is just the first of several actions that coming against those who are profiting from the goodwill off the trademark of “Domain King” which Rick’s is widely known by in the domain name industry.
“I will be going after any site which is profiting off my good name and my protected trademark.”
Rick said he may file lawsuits for damages, not just UDRP’s, against companies that are using “Domain King” to profit off his trademark and good name.
I found several domain name registrars that are using DomainKing on various TLD’s so Rick looks like he will be busy.