Complainants can (and sometimes should) withdraw their cybersquatting disputes after learning the domain owner’s identity.
A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has found Levio Consulting Inc. to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking (RDNH) over the domain name Levio.com.
The decision highlights an important aspect of UDRP since the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. When filing a UDRP, it’s possible that the Complainant won’t know the identity of the domain name owner because the Whois record is obscured or has Whois privacy. This can make it difficult to know when the domain owner acquired the domain and if they have a legitimate reason to own it. But the identity of the domain owner is revealed post-filing, and the Complainant has the opportunity to amend or withdraw its complaint.
In the case of Levio.com, the Complainant probably knew that the current owner of the domain is the same one it tried to buy the domain…