Recently Accuity, Inc. filed for a domain name dispute compant (UDRP) before WIPO claiming rights to the domain name <Safe-Banking.com>. A simple look at the domain decision looks like it is a case for bad faith as the current website had the same content and design as visible in archives here.
Visit the January 2022 archive here and Mid-2018 archive here:
The interesting thing to note is that the Domain Name was acquired at a premium from Godaddy Expired Domains for USD $625. The domain registrant could have retained it otherwise for sale, rather than indulging in impersonation.
Hence the Panelist Lynda M. Braun in the UDRP matter of <Safe-Banking.com> held:
“Panel finds that the Respondent knew that the Complainant had rights in the Mark when registering the Disputed Domain Name. The Respondent used the Disputed Domain Name to resolve to a website identical to that of the Complainant’s original website, making clear that the Respondent was well aware of the Complainant and its SAFE BANKING Mark (having registered it after the Complainant inadvertently allowed it to lapse), thus demonstrating bad faith. Thus, it strains credulity to believe that the Respondent had not known of the Complainant or its SAFE BANKING Mark when registering the Disputed Domain Name”.
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