: Reverse Domain Hijacking decision for unjust UDRP

RDNH finding for

The UDRP against the aged domain ended up with a RDNH finding.

Its Danish registrant, Peter Normann, has held the domain since its registration 21 years ago; the Complainant was Normann Copenhagen ApS of Copenhagen, Denmark.

According to the UDRP:

The Complainant was established in 1999 and has grown to be one of the leading Danish design firms, producing furniture, decorations and other handicrafts.

The Complainant is the owner of several registrations for the trademark NORMANN COPENHAGEN, including the Denmark trademark, registration number no. VR 2008 00469, registered on January 28, 2008, as well as a number of domain names containing “normann-copenhagen” or “normann” as second level domain.

It makes no sense to bring a UDRP against a person whose family name probably goes back hundreds of years, but it was also used to provide professional domain registrar services:

“The Respondent rebuts the Complainant’s allegation that the disputed domain name has not been used for business purposes. The Respondent has previously provided IT consultant services, including the development of IT solutions, as well as the hosting of these under the disputed domain name <>. Furthermore, the Respondent has been accredited as a domain name registrar since 2002 under the name servers “” and “”, all of which is evidenced in annexes to the Response.

Finally, Normann is the Respondent’s family name and the Respondent, as well as other family members, is currently making a legitimate noncommercial use of the disputed domain name for email addresses.”

Not only did the WIPO panelist Knud Wallberg find no bath faith in this case, ordering the domain to remain with the Respondent, he also slapped the Complainant with a finding of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking.

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