This Is Why Companies File UDRP Cases They Probably Shouldn’t Win – Domain Name Wire

You never know when you’ll get lucky.

Type Lions Head into your search bar and you’ll see results for Lion’s Head mountain in South Africa, a pork dumpling, an investment bank, and a place called Lion’s Head in Canada. Type in Lionshead and you’ll likely see results for a Colorado wheel company, brewery, and resort.

Search Lionshead in the US Patent and Trademark Office and you’ll see two entries: one filed in 1992 by the aforementioned brewery and one filed in 2020 by the aforementioned wheel company.

This wheel company, Lionshead Specialty Tire & Wheel LLC, just won a UDRP against Lionshead.com.

Lionshead.com was registered in 2002 and may have changed hands in 2010. While the wheel company’s recent trademark application claims it was first used in 2007, it still seems like a long-winded UDRP given the lack of targeting.

But if the domain owner does not respond…

And that’s what happened. Domain Vault LLC did not respond to the dispute and National Arbitration Forum panelist Charles Kuechenmeister found in favor of the plaintiff.

All it took was a basic retort from the domain owner to properly defend this case. However, he lost and the wheel company moved from LionsheadTireandWheel.com to Lionshead.com (barring legal action to block the transfer).

This is why we see companies filing disputes that are not clear cases of cybersquatting. You never know when you’re going to get lucky. This type of case is bad for the UDRP.