Currently a client of ours has their domain name held by a domain name squater and are going down the WIPO route to get control of it having had no joy from contacting the registered owners directly.
We expect that the ruling will go in favour of our client as a) their Ltd company name is the same as the domain b) its a registered trademark c) they own the .co.uk domain version and d) they are established and known in the market as the name. So its a no brainer.
Meanwhile all the squatter is doing with the domain is parking it with affiliate adverts. They are probably gaining from this due to type in traffic looking for the official company.
My point in mentioning this is that it turns out that the domain squatter has some 40,000 domains under their control and has had at least 40 previous WIPO ruling against them where they have been forced to hand back the domain names to the official company and it looks like they actively seek out domains in company names to gain from type in traffic to them.
I dont know about anyone else but in these circumstances it makes my blood boil. This outfit should be closed down and WIPO should be able to impose massive fines against them where the ruling goes against them. Clearly its no deterant for this company to keep doing this time and time again knowing that at worst they have to hand the domain back and at best they gain loads of income from type in traffic looking for the official companies.
In all its plain wrong in my book, they wont be the first company to do it and wont be the last but i think WIPO needs to start getting tough for the future good of the internet