UDRP filed on Milano.com domain name
I was looking through the recent UDRP filings at the World Intellectual Property Organization, and I saw one for the Milano.com domain name. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2015-2263, and the complainant is a company called Grupo Milano, S.A. de C.V.
The Milano.com domain name has a creation date of May 22, 1997, according to DomainTools. The domain name is parked, and I see advertising links related to the city of Milan, Italy.
According to DomainTools’ Whois history tool, in 2003, the domain name had a “MK Chow” as the administrative contact. This was the earliest historical record for this domain name that I could find in DomainTools. In 2010, the administrative contact was Ming K Chow and the registrant was 3 Mings LLC. Current Whois records show Ming K Chow and 3 Mings. I would assume that the MK Chow who was the admin in 2003 (and possibly before) is the same person as the admin / registrant now.
I did a Google search for the complainant, Grupo Milano, S.A. de C.V. and it looks like their website can be found on Milano.com.mx. That domain name was created in August of 2009.
There are several things I think of when I hear the word “Milano.” It is the last name of an actress name Alyssa Milano (who happens to own Alyssa.com). I also think about Milano cookies, which are made by Pepperidge Farm. In addition, and probably most famously, Milano is the Italian spelling for the city of Milan. In fact, you can find the city’s tourism office by visiting www.turismo.milano.it.
I will be following this UDRP closely. I do not see how all three requirements for a successful UDRP will be met, and I would not be surprised if a reverse domain name hijacking decision is rendered (assuming the domain owner files a response, requests that finding, and I am not missing something).
Update: Complaint was denied and a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking was made by the panel
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