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Recent Case Notes & Commentary


As we have said before and have recently posted a note on this issue, all is not lost if you forget to re-register a domain name when if falls due. You may still be able to retrieve the domain name through the UDRP. We have given you some cases to cite when panels have held that these circumstances do not give the respondent /registrant a right or legitimate interest in the domain name. These decisions of course are not precedents but they are illustrations and examples of what can be achieved through the UDRP. We hope you find them useful in your cases.

Here are two more decisions to that effect.

The first is Raise Labs, Inc. v. Hong young jin, FA1607001685247 (FORUM Sept. 1, 2016) (“[The disputed domain name was] registered by Complainant on or about September 20, 2013. The registration was inadvertently allowed to lapse and was registered by Respondent at a subsequent date... As Respondent has not filed a Response or attempted by any other means to rebut the prima facie case against it, the Panel finds that Respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain name.”).

The second case is one recently decided by The Hon Neil Brown QC, the founder and editor of Domain Times. It is Cure Violence Global and The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois v. ?????? ??????????, FORUM Claim Number: FA2105001948835. The panelist said: “Therefore, the Panel finds Respondent (who had registered the domain name after the Complainant had inadvertently omitted to re-register it) lacks rights or legitimate interests in the disputed domain name.”

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