Domain name dispute resolved in favor of BitMEX

Quick Take

  • This opinion concerns a domain name dispute involving crypto-exchange BitMEX.
  • A company called Dynadot registered bitmexnakamoto.com as a domain.
  • BitMEX initiated a dispute over this through ICANN and the domain was ultimately ordered transferred to BitMEX.

HDR Global Trading Limited v. Super Privacy Service LTD c/o Dynadot, 2019 NAFDD LEXIS 1176 (Decided August 30, 2019)[NMR]

Another week another CCM write-up that illustrates the importance of brands. A brand is a lot of things. Sure, there are the trademark filings, for things like corporate names, product names, logos, slogans, but there are also issues related to domain names, social media and so on. This filing is related to a domain name dispute and the filing is another entry in the narrative that The Space is slowly maturing.

This proceeding took place through the ICANN Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy. What’s ICANN, and the UDNDRP? ICANN is the non-profit that manages IP numbers and the domain name system. The UDNDRP is the system in place to handle disputes over domains. If that sounds familiar to you dear reader it’s because Drew Hinkes wrote an excellent guest post about a domain name dispute in CCM #24. That write-up involved a crypto exchange, Bittrex, and so does this one. Great, who is involved?

The claimant, that’s the entity that initiated this proceeding, is crypto mega company HDR Global Trading Limited, but you may know them as BitMEX. Dynadot is San Mateo, CA-based company that offers a variety of services related to purchasing a domain name, hosting a domain, and other related services. What happened here? Well, Dynadot registered a domain name bitmexnakamoto.com and Bitmex did not take kindly to that.

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