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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

No Justice for Victim of Attempted Reverse Domain Name Hijacking


A UDRP panel's finding that a trademark owner has engaged in reverse domain name hijacking (ICANN-speak for using the UDRP in a bad faith attempt to deprive a registered domain-name holder of a domain name) is pretty much worthless. I think you get a piece of paper, suitable for framing. As it turns out, a claim for attempted reverse domain name hijacking--the unsuccessful attempt to use the UDRP to in a bad faith attempt to acquire a registered domain name--is worth even less. Frayne v. Chicago 2016 Corp., No. 08-5290 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 8, 2009). It's worth nothing. The court dismissed the claim, which arose from the plaintiff's unsubstantiated assertion that, merely by filing a UDRP claim disputing the plaintiff's registration of , the defendants had attempted to reverse-hijack the domain, allegedly in violation of 15 U.S.C. 1114(2)(D).

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