UDRP Filed Against Candi.com (Updated)
A UDRP was filed against the Candi.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The complainant in this UDRP is a company called Candi Controls, Inc. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2016-0818.
Candi.com is a domain name that has a creation date of May 28, 2002. It was actually registered prior to 2002 to a company called Confectionery and Novelty Design International, LLC, which I presume used it because its initials are “CANDI.”
According to DomainTools, a Texas entity appears to have become the registrant in 2002, and the domain name became privately registered at some point in late 2010 or early 2011. The Whois registration information is still private, so I am not sure who currently owns the domain name.
I visited Candi.com, and I was redirected to another website in what I believe is a zero click landing page monetization.
The complainant (Candi Controls, Inc.) uses CandiControls.com for its url. The company simply uses “Candi” for its logo branding, and it refers to itself as “Candi” on many parts of its website. The CandiControls.com domain name has a creation date of July 22, 2009.
One issue that Candi Controls will have is that “candi” is a word and a name. According to the USPTO, there are quite a few registered trademarks that are either entirely the “candi” term or contain the “candi” term, such as “eye candi,” “rare candi,” “military candi,” and “play candi.” I am not a legal expert by any stretch, but in my opinion, it will be difficult to prove to a UDRP panelist that the domain name was registered and is being used in bad faith with respect to the complainant.
It is also worth noting that there are at least two UDRPs pending (Meryl.com UDRP and Bellhops.com UDRP) where the domain names use zero click landing pages for parking income. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of other decisions involving keyword or name domain names that use zero click landers for monetization, so it will be interesting to follow these three ongoing UDRP cases.
Once I see when this UDRP is decided, I will publish an update.
Update: As of July 16th, UDRPSearch.com is showing “complaint denied.” The decision has not yet been published.
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