Settlement overturns bad WIPO decision.
A World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) wrong has been righted.
In February 2018, a three-member WIPO panel made an atrocious ruling that ADO.com should be transferred to a Mexican bus company.
Ado.com is owned by Francois Carrillo, the owner of Domaining.com.
Carrillo subsequently sued to halt the transfer of the valuable domain name.
Last month the parties settled. The settlement order reads:
…In light of the Parties’ agreement that (i) Plaintiff’s interests in respect of the ado.com domain name are legitimate; (ii) Plaintiff did not register or use the ado.com domain name in bad faith; (iii) Plaintiff’s registration and current use of the ado.com domain name do not violate Defendant’s rights under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1114, 1125(a) and 1125(d)…
So the settlement overturns a mistake by the WIPO panel. That said, the court order states that each party will bear its own costs and attorneys’ fees. If indeed Carrillo came out of pocket on legal costs to settle the claim, then the wrong has been only partially righted.
(Hat tip: GOTW.com)