July 26, 2019
Written by Tim Brown, Head of Brand Protection
The .uk domain name authority, Nominet, has released its annual summary of domain name disputes brought before its Dispute Resolution Service (DRS). The DRS allows .uk disputes to be settled efficiently and cost-effectively through mediation or via a decision through its panel of independent Experts.
Nominet reported that 763 disputes were brought under the DRS in 2018, with an increase in the number of disputes resolved through mediation. Of the complaints made in 2018, only one Expert decision was appealed in comparison to three the previous year.
HM Revenue & Customs Dispute
Cases of interest highlighted by Nominet included one brought by HM Revenue & Customs in which they were represented by Com Laude’s domain name brand protection division. The dispute related to <hmrc-tax-refund-gov.uk> and Nominet noted:
A complaint filed by HM Revenue & Customs regarding a domain name containing the initials HMRC and terms related to taxation. At the time that the complaint was made, the domain name did not resolve to an active web site, although some similar ones do include fake login details to engage in phishing. A summary decision awarded the domain name to the Complainant.
Other Dispute Resolution Service highlights showed that:
Our team has extensive experience with various dispute resolution procedures; including Nominet’s DRS and have successfully acted against respondents across the EMEA, the Americas, Asia Pacific and Australasia.
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Nominet’s report can be downloaded from their website here: https://www.nominet.uk/from-bungalows-and-ball-games-to-banking-2018-in-uk-domain-name-disputes/