Attorney Steve® Domain Dispute Essentials - Not responding to a complaint moves to a DEFAULT. Overview.
Here is what you will get from the arbitration panel when the respondent fails to respond to the domain dispute within the time permitted:
FROM WIPO EXAMPLE
This is to notify you that you have failed to comply with the deadline indicated in the Notification of Complaint and Commencement of Administrative Proceeding for the submission of your Response in the above-referenced case.
In accordance with the Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the Rules) and the WIPO Supplemental Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, the consequences of your default include the following:
(1) We shall proceed to appoint an Administrative Panel based on the number of panelists designated by the Complainant. As the Complainant has designated a single-member Administrative Panel, we shall appoint the panelist from our published list.
(2) The Administrative Panel will be informed of your default. The Administrative Panel will decide in its sole discretion whether to consider your Response (if submitted later) in deciding the case.
(3) Notwithstanding your default, we shall continue to send all case-related communications to you at the contact details and using the methods you have specified in your Response (if submitted later) or as we consider appropriate in our discretion (if not submitted).
If you lose the WIPO dispute, the domains will be transferred to the Complainant
If you want to keep your domains, as the Respondent, you need to respond to the complaint. If you do not, and the Complainant proves all three elements, then your domain(s) will be transferred to the Complainant.
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