This domain name dispute case concerned a competitor who had registered a domain name causing business disruption.
Moo-Let.com is an award-winning letting agency based in Inverkeithing, near Dalgety Bay, in Fife. Established in 2011, the agency serves tenants and landlords in Fife and Edinburgh as “the friendly face of letting”.
When Moo-Let.com came across a domain name resolving to a competitor’s website, we were instructed to advise on the cybersquatting and remove the domain name.
Before we notified the cybersquatting competitor, we ensured Moo-Let.com owned a strong intellectual property portfolio.
After no response, we then filed a complaint against the disputed domain name based on Moo-Let.com’s legal rights and reputation in the letting industry.
Although the competitor initially wished to settle the dispute amicably, we proceeded with our legal complaint when mediation failed.
Domain Name Dispute Result
In the end, the disputed domain name was held to be abusive and we were able to successfully secure the transfer of ownership of the domain name from the competitor to Moo-Let.com.
The Client Says
Moo-Let.com Managing Director, Michael Annandale commented: “As we started into the first round of lockdown, we discovered that someone had started up their own letting agency using our company name and the goodwill that we have built over the last 10 years. With no experience or expertise in this field, we really were unsure as to how we should progress in the correct manner.
“Tidman Legal were recommended to us and Oliver has been first class in both his expertise, advice and communication throughout the process. We were also given great advice and assistance in ensuring our intellectual property was even more secure than it was previously.
“I would be more than happy to recommend anyone having intellectual property issues or in need of advice to ensure they are protected to speak to Tidman Legal.”
Tidman Legal Comment
We were delighted to secure the disputed domain name for Moo-Let.com.
This case serves as a reminder to all businesses not to neglect their intellectual property portfolio and consideration should be given to registering defensive domain names with common endings and mis-spellings in order to avoid the need to take legal action to recover a domain name causing disruption to your business.
Tidman Legal would like to thank Moo-Let.com for allowing us to publish their story above.
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