Wednesday, August 24, 2011

FirstShowing.com UDRP Fails to .net Desired Outcome

The owner of FirstShowing.net filed a UDRP complaint against the registrant of FirstShowing.com, contending that the domain name had been registered in bad faith.  (click here)  In a case where the Complainant sought to use the .net version of a domain name to acquire the more commercial .com extension, the Panel found that, “[the] evidence does not indicate that Respondent registered the disputed domain name primarily for the purpose of selling, renting, or otherwise transferring the domain name registration to Complainant or to a competitor of Complainant.”   The Complainant also failed to submit sufficient evidence from which the Panel could conclude that the Complainant had trademark rights in the domain name at the time that the Respondent registered the domain.  Lewis & Hand represented the Respondent.

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