Domain King trumps Queen.dk over far-reaching UDRP

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Rick Schwartz, the Domain King®, is preparing a massive legal salvo against Queen.dk, the Danish florist company challenging his premium domain name, Queen.com.

Not only is Rick Schwartz prepared to successfully defend this aggressive move by the Danish florist company, he’s going on the offensive, and it’s already looking nuclear.

What has Rick done so far, other than engage with pre-emptive strikes via Twitter?

  • He has secured the name of the Queen.dk director, Frands Jepsen by registering the domains FrandsJepsen.com and FrandsJepsenSucks.com
  • Rick warned the company that they will be exposed as a Reverse Domain Name Hijacker, the way Marcio Mello Chavez was used in a TRAFFIC poster.
  • Rick Schwartz will be seeking not only a positive finding, but also an additional legal round to ensure that monetary damages are paid by Queen.dk in the event of a loss.

Rick’s acquisition of Queen.com in 1997 for $2,500 dollars from investor Scott Day is astounding; the domain has been pointed to adult web sites for most of its 19 year history.

Queen.dk applied at the USPTO for a stylized mark for QUEEN, in early 2014.

In 2015, Queen.dk contacted Rick Schwartz and he ignored their initial communication. Rick’s price quote arrived after Queen.dk contacted him again; his asking price of $2 million dollars, or a lease of $15,000 dollars /month was met with an “RU kidding me” statement.

The Danish company has registered figurative marks for “QUEEN” in Denmark in 1994, and internationally, under the Madrid protocol, in 2014. They are all related to the floral business.

It’s going to be a busy early summer once the UDRP for Queen.com is decided upon; we will be watching closely and sharing new information that is made public.


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6 Responses to “Domain King trumps Queen.dk over far-reaching UDRP”
  1. Did you forget Hallofshame.com?

    I didn’t know that website existed until I saw it yesterday when someone posted the link on another blog.

    This is going to be good I already have my popcorn ready…

  2. John Berryhill says:

    A Twitter rant is not a “massive legal salvo”.

  3. DomainGang says:

    John – But it can be the prelude to one 😉

  4. Fred says:

    A danish trademark in 94′. Interesting. Unless they have evidence Rick targeted them though I do not see them overcoming bad faith prong. I put success possibility at 5% – 10% in UDRP. Guess Mr. Jepsen is rolling the dice.

  5. Eric Lyon says:

    Umm, Queen.com forwards to an adult nude/sex site (Chatterbate). I wonder if Rick is in the adult industry now that he’s retired or if he got hacked/injected. But then, it could be a punch back to the UDRP filer to show it’s being used in some fashion and not just parked.

  6. DomainGang says:

    Eric – It has been redirecting to adult content on and off for several years; the current one looks like an affiliate account of Chaturbate.

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