The domain was taken from the user for "renewal of registration with malicious intent"

WIPO recently decided to transfer the Big5.com domain to another person for a rather unusual reason: renewing a domain name with malicious intent.

15 years ago, in 1998, Roy Fang registered the Big5.com domain name, which was dedicated to the Big5 system, an encoding popular in Taiwan for displaying traditional Chinese letters. Roy Fang was also the legal owner of the Big5 trademark, which was registered in Taiwan.

But many years later, the domain owner began to use his site for completely different purposes: for selling sports goods over the Internet. Roy Fang attracted visitors by the similarity of the domain name with the name Big 5 Sporting Goods, a large American retail chain selling sportswear and equipment.

The U.S. company filed a complaint as part of the UDRP procedure, and it was satisfied. The reason for this decision was that the last time the domain registration period was extended in January 2012. At that time, Roy Fang was already selling sporting goods under the guise of a foreign brand.

Many do not know that there is a clause in the UDRP rules that allows the WIPO commission to transfer the domain to another person if its registration was renewed with malicious intent - even if it was registered absolutely legally.

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