As is being reported in the article Verizon v Navigation Catalyst Cybersquatting Lawsuit Settled: NCS Continues to Cybersquat Trademark Protected Domains, Navigation Catalyst Systems (NCS) has settled the well publicized cybersquatting lawsuit brought against it by Verizon. The terms of the settlement are simple and straight forward, amounting to little more than an agreement by NCS to no longer register domains similar to Verizon's trademarks again. No money was apparently paid by NCS as part of the resolution. Essentially, NCS will enter Verizon's trademarks into is scrubbing software to ensure that no more typos or derivations of those marks will be registered moving forward.
Considering that Verizon had over $100 million dollars in statutory damages as leverage under the Anti-Cybersquatting Protection Act (ACPA), one has to wonder if NCS got off easy in this one. The court had already granted a preliminary injunction against NCS based on its finding that Verizon would likely succeed on the merits for bad faith registration of domains under the ACPA, which put them in line for a solid statutory damages argument.
It is unclear how much NCS's counterclaims against Verizon for Verizon's DNS wildcarding practices which clearly infringed on 21 of Navigation Catalyst's registered trademarks. There was nothing in the settlement which addressed the alleged counter-claims.
The domain dispute blog on our web site raises several important questions concerning NCS's automated domain registration software:
|Cybersquatting||Policy & Regulation|
|DNS Security||Registry Services|
|IP Addressing||White Space|
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