Not the right way to upgrade your domain name.
Etrack LLC, which operates a website at by-fy.com, has been found to have tried to reverse domain name hijack the domain name byfy.com.
The company has a trademark for byfy with a first use date in 2020. In its UDRP, it said the domain was registered in 2004. This admission that the domain was registered before it had trademark rights made the case dead on arrival.
It turns out that the domain owner acquired the domain in 2013-2014, which was still well before Etrack’s trademark rights.
Etrack LLC inquired about buying the domain before filing the UDRP but ultimately passed on the domain owner’s asking price. This is a classic “Plan B” reverse domain name hijacking.
World Intellectual Property Organization panelist Lawrence Nodine pointed out the obvious deficiencies in his ruling.
The Bobadilla Law Firm represented the Complainant. Fish & Richardson P.C. represented the domain name owner.
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