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How can I get control of a domain name that's already registered but not used anymore?

Anonymous

Last updated on August 31st, 2017

I want to get possession of a .com domain name that is identical to that of my company name. The domain in question is owned by what seems to be a defunct company. There is a website for a medical device company but the site hasn’t been updated since 2003. None of the phone numbers on the site are in service. The company does not seem to be in business anymore. I’ve tried emailing the admin contact on the WHOIS listing, but I get no response. Tried the ISP where the site is hosted and they won't give me any info. I did some investigation and it turns out that this company was acquired many years ago. I tried calling the acquiring company but no one seems to know what I’m talking about. The acquiring company is not listed anywhere in WHOIS. Further research led me to the founder of the company. He has another job now it seems. I reached out on LinkedIn but he never replies. It seems that the domain just keeps getting renewed each year. We’d gladly pay for the domain if the price is reasonable but I can’t seem to get a discussion going with the domain owner. So I’m wondering if there are other ways to pursue this. Can I file a request with the body that governs .com domains requesting control over the name? What if we trademark our company name? Would that give us a stronger case?

Kevin Grant MVP built, need business developer

September 2nd, 2017

Try using a domain name other than '.com' domain. Another option is to use a third party to find the owner and make a certified offer to the owner of the domain in question.

Marcia Allen Founder and COO BioTech Solutions Enterprise Group, Ltd, LLC

September 1st, 2017

I contacted my domain provider who I've known for 14 years. If he knew the domain, he could help more. Here's what he said and his information. He's happy to try to help:


"It depends what domain?

1. Open an account in Sedo.com and place an offer for the domain (if listed there) or GoDaddy

2. File a lawsuit thru WIPO.org - 3 judge panel and cost effective.
3. Hire a domain expert/broker and they'll go after the name for you for a fee.

I hope this helps."

Ron Bautista Namesarecheap.com / DomainAdmin.com / ChangeAdmin.com / Mobile: 760-534-1737Voicemail: 760-325-6263 (NAME) US Toll Free: 877-416-3325 Fax: 760-406-6131

Kevin Macconkey Owner-ContentCollective Marketing

September 4th, 2017

Look up the owner/contact info on Whois(https://whois.icann.org/en) and finds out who to contact. Then, make a call or send an email to that contact with an inquiry as to the status of the Domain.


It may be idle for any number of reasons. Some Domains are just snatched up and sat on till the right investor comes along, some companies went under, some DOmains are held by the host company for non-payment of funds by original owner, etc.


However, one thing is for sure- Every Domain is available for a price.