Accenture Files UDRP on 75 .XYZ Domain Names
Accenture, one of the largest consulting companies in the world, has filed a UDRP proceeding against 75 .xyz domain names. The case was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and it is WIPO Case D2016-1682. I have listed the 75 domain names below.
I did a quick Whois search on a handful of the domain names, and it appears that they may all be owned by the same entity with a Vietnam address. The domain names I checked had an early-June registration date.
Based on the registration dates I saw, it appears that these domain names were registered when the .XYZ registry was celebrating its second anniversary, and some domain registrars were selling .XYZ domain names for as little as one cent each. If these domain names each cost $.01, the total cost of these domain names was less than $1. Obviously, this cost is significantly lower than the cost of the UDRP filing!
I am somewhat unsure of why Accenture filed this UDRP. Many of these domain names seem pretty obscure, so it is unclear why the company is going after them. Essentially, similar domain names could be registered, and it seems like a never ending battle. I suppose the UDRP filing may serve as a warning to future registrants who will now see that Accenture is willing to go after domain names that use its trademarks.
Here is the list of domain names in this UDRP:
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