The NAF continues to provide a rather lackluster performance when it comes to being “fair and balanced” between Trademark holders that pay their fees and Domain Investors who find themselves having to defend spurious UDRP Actions. There are only 4 panelists who have denied claims in more than 2 cases in the past 6 months. They are listed below. One bright spot is that the following Panelists who denied one or more claims have also denied claims at WIPO – Debrett Lyons, Hon. Neil Brown, Karl Fink, David Bernstein, Diane Cabell, Flip Petillion, Denis Foster and Ho Hyun Nahm.
TOP 10 PANELISTS FOR LAST 6 MONTHS (previous 6 months in parentheses)
1. (-) JOHN UPCHURCH – 5 Decisions, 1 RDNH
2. (6) DAVID KREIDER – 4 Decisions, 1 RDNH
3. (1) HON. NEIL BROWN – 4 Decisions
4. (2) DEBRETT LYONS – 3 Decisions
The following Panelists had 2 Decisions each – PETER MULLER, KENNETH PORT, PAUL DECICCO, KARL FINK, CHARLES MCCOTTER, RICHARD HILL, DAVID SORKIN, CHARLES KEUTCHENMEISTER.
A total of 35 different Panelists denied claims in the past 6 months, the same as in the previous 6 months. Only 9 Panelists found Reverse Domain Name Hijacking and Abuse of the Process by Claimants.
TOP 10 PANELISTS FOR THE 12 MONTHS 2017 (previous year in parentheses)
Also with 4 Decisions – MICHAEL ALBERT, HOUSTON PUTNAM LOWRY, HO HYUN NAHM, DAVID SORKIN.
The TOP 10 ALL TIME PANELISTS
Not quite making the TOP 10 are ALAN LIMBURY – 27, TERRY PEPPARD – 26, RICHARD HILL – 25.
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