Typesquatting the other way around


Recently, perhaps one of the funniest domain disputes in history has been launched. The Canadian employment company Qwalify Inc., whose website is located at qwalify.com, has contacted WIPO to transfer ownership of qualify.com to it.

As evidence of his rights, the plaintiff stated that qualify.com was registered with malicious intent: Qwalify was registered in 2010, and the latest Whois data for qualify.com was dated 2012. However, if you go deeper into history, you can easily find that the disputed domain was registered back in 1999 on the same person who owns it now.

But the funny thing is that Qwalify believes that the domain owner intentionally uses his trademark for commercial purposes. According to him, it interferes with the company's business: thousands of users mistakenly type qualify.com instead of qwalify.com, and also constantly find the “wrong” domain in search engines.

This can be called typosquatting, on the contrary: the company registers the brand and domain with an error, and then tries to “regain” the correct spelling through the UDRP procedure.

Of course, she has no chance of winning such a dispute. But this case is well illustrated by the fact that some companies do not want to spend money on a high-quality domain, and when its advantages are revealed, they tend to select it with dirty methods.

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