Case Number: D2023-1106
Complainant: Presonate Zrt.
Represented by: Széles Law Office
A Hungarian company has been found guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking in connection with their attempt to steal the domain presonate.com using the UDRP process. A single-member panel of the World Intellectual Property Organization handed up the ruling on May 5, 2023, against Presonate Zrt., of Budapest, which the panelist wrote appeared to be in the business of presentation consulting services. Presonate Zrt. argued a 2020 trademark gave it rights to presonate.com; however, as the domain was originally registered in 2011, the panel moved to disagree.
Further, the panelist, Jeremy Speres, noted the UDRP filing appeared to be no less than a classic “Plan ‘B’” approach to securing a domain name, after the complainant failed to acquire the domain the the open market. “[T]he Complainant had made unsolicited attempts to purchase the Domain Name from the Respondent, and proceeded to file the Complaint after the Respondent declined them,” Speres wrote.