I have a UK Ltd Company which has a name that its used as its trading title since 2002, and I've built a brand around that name.
I've registered several variations of the name as .co.uk's. and .coms
But the best .com has been idle for 2 years or so. Its recently expired and has reached pending deletion. Optimistically I was quietly hoping it might just drop and I'd get it at snapnames or similar
then surprise surprise... I've just received a mail offering me the domain for a very large sum from someone who claims ownership.
I'm pretty sure its not the previous owner
whois shows previous contacts have now changed to the registrar(?)
I've been reading some and note comments in these WebmasterWorld threads...
reading those threads, and ICANNS URDP and WIPO stuff it seems I might have some legal challenge based on my existing domains / trading name. They operated in bad faith, no right to name, bought only for profit etc
Q) do I actually have any legal right to the domain?
if so what can I do to enforce this? and would it wrong to negotiate?
if not, what can I best do to get the domain for a reasonable sum?
I realise I might need decent legal advice but informed opinion will be a help to decide best direction.
thanks for any input