Friday, September 14, 2012


The Complainant established its case and the panelist therefore transferred the Domain Name to the Complainant.

The registrant (Abdelmoula Mouhsin) did not respond to the Complaint. The Complainant boasts on its website that it is the world’s largest diversified natural resources company. It registered its BHP BILLITON trade-mark in Canada in April, 2011. The Domain Name was registered on March 19, 2012.  Immediately thereafter, the Complainant received an offer to purchase the Domain Name from the Registrant.  Counsel for the Complainant responded and requested the immediate transfer of the Domain Name, but there was no response.  The website was being parked by Go Daddy, the Registrar. As part of its bad faith analysis, the Panelist found the Registrant could have easily learned (or was wilfully blind) about the popularity of the well-known company, BHP Billiton Group (and presumably its trade-mark rights), by searching the Internet.  

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