Ternio LLC raises WIPO against owner of BlockCard.com

I noticed that a case has been raised by Ternio LLC, WIPO case number D2020-2215 who currently operate on the domain name Ternio.io, The company has a product named… Can you guess it?

Blockcard and guess what they don’t own Blockcard.com instead they use GetBlockcard.com which was registered on the 21st of June 2018 to Daniel Gouldman the CEO of Ternio LLC.

Now I understand why they wish to own Blockcard.com, if you are a growing business you want to have the exact match Dot Com where possible, however it looks like Ternio who just closed a $1 Million Dollar round of funding on June the 13th 2020 won’t pony up and pay for privilege to own Blockcard.com.

The domain name BlockCard.com was originally registered on the 12th of December 2010 and was sold via SEDO on the 1st of January 2018 for $6,200 USD according to Namebio, The domain name is currently parked at SEDO.com and doesn’t appear to be actively listed for sale, It is also under domain name privacy so we are unsure of the current owner but viewing historical whois details courtesy of our partner WhoisXMLApi.com we can track the following changes of ownership.

In 2012 the domain name BlockCard.com was owned by Chance Kim / Jaewan Lee both appear in historical records at different times between one being technical contact and other being the registrant and vice versa, it was parked at various parking companies over this time such as Frank Schilling’s Internet Traffic and Team Internet’s Parking Crew, it then moved to Sedo where it appears to have been acquired and then moved to domain name privacy.

Ternio describe themselves as the below on there website and I seen an article where they have been rated as having the Top Crypto Debit Card but the question I always ask myself is why not pay to acquire the domain name instead of creating unnecessary legal expense of a WIPO case, which you may lose?

Ternio is a global fintech platform built on blockchain.  Ternio’s platform connects traditional enterprise, fintech, banking, systems with blockchain infrastructure giving real world utility to digital assets.  Our products enable instant remittance and the transfer of value on blockchain rails in a compliant and regulated environment.

I honestly see this as a clearcut case of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH) and I hope the owner of BlockCard.com replies to the WIPO dispute and hires a domain name & IP expert to represent them to safeguard this domain name.

What do you think, Should Blockcard.com WIPO case result in a RDNH finding?

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Robbie
Robbie Ferguson is an Internet Entrepreneur, Domain Investor, Domain Broker, Blogger and founder of various websites and eCommerce businesses such as ScreenProtectors.co.uk

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