Unique idea to help grow domain industry

Hello and Assalamo Alaikum,

I always think about making our domain industry more stronger than ever. I’ve come up with a simple but great idea and if this can be implemented, it will be helpful for all domainers participating in this great cause.

There are many instances where domainer gets hit with UDRP and just because of lack of funds, he/she is unable to respond back. Although there have been some cases where a domainer been hit with UDRP and don’t even bother responding having loads of $$$ and ends up even losing it. Well, I’m not talking such lazy domainers and we can rule them out for sure. Domainer including newbie, veteran, panel members or can be any one participate and donate funds.

So what my proposal is we can have 3 or 5 members panel which comprises of domainers and at least one IP lawyer. One of the panel members shall be collecting and sharing it publicly about the total collected and available funds.

Next step is we’ll urge all domainers who’re well capable and have adequate funds to donate on regular basis to collect as much funds as possible which will cover all the expenses from responding to UDRP utilizing the services of our IP lawyer and other expenses incurred if any.

Once we’re well set in terms of securing funds, any domainer who gets hit with UDRP and can contact us in order to seek help in responding. We’ll leave up to the honesty of that domainer to inform if he/she is having no extra funds to respond or can partially cover the fees.

There will be a criteria of minimum two things to meet before we proceed any further.

1) There has to be enough funds easily available with us to cover all necessary expenses.

2) Majority of the panel members MUST agree upon the case in hand is good enough to be responded back. Because we would not be wasting any money on obvious trademark domains.

If the above two conditions are met, funds will be allocated for that particular case and our IP lawyer will take it up further.

I would like everyone to chime in and give your suggestions and/or feedback.

Thank you!

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2 years ago

I don’t think this makes sense. Only a select few will use “our” IP lawyers services while others donate without getting much in return.

In my opinion a better option that benefits everyone, that is to create a resource online for what to do when hit with an UDRP and which IP lawyers who are great for UDRP cases.

Reply to  AbdulBasit Makrani
2 years ago

How will this help grow the domain name industry?

Howard Neu
Howard Neu
2 years ago

Hi AbdulBasit

I tried exactly the same plan a number of years ago and I am afraid that you will find out the same thing – nobody wants to put up funds to defend other persons domains. However, I wish you luck and good fortune in getting this started.

Howard Neu, Esq.

2 years ago

We’ve tossed around the idea of UDRP Insurance. Basically you pay a nominal amount that is based on the size of your portfolio, and then use those funds to keep a lawyer on retainer to defend anyone who gets hit. But it ended up being really complicated to come up with a pricing model, because it isn’t just about portfolio size it is about the implied risk based on the domains in the portfolio. Not even just from a TM perspective but also from a desirability perspective – LLL.com and dictionary are really likely to get filed against. And it’s… Read more »

Bill Sweetman
2 years ago

Rather than try to reinvent the wheel here, you could suggest that domainers join the ICA (www.ica.domains) which has been fighting for the rights of legitimate domain owners for over a decade with a major emphasis on UDRP reform.

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