UDRP is not convenient recourse for business disputes

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a panel has denied the transfer of a domain name and declined to decide whether the three elements of the UDRP had been satisfied, as it was evident that the case was not an instance of cybersquatting but, rather, a business dispute between ex-partners involving substantive legal issues beyond the scope of the UDRP.

The complainant was Nancy L Lanard, an attorney admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, with over 38 years of experience, mainly in the areas of business and franchise law. She formed the Law Offices of Nancy L Lanard in 2001 and registered the domain name ‘lanardlaw.com’ on January 23 2002. The complainant began marketing her firm using the domain name the same year.

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