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Roche Loses Control of, Fights to Get It Back

September 25,, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Policy & Law, roche, udrpComments Off on Roche Loses Control of, Fights to Get It Back

Pharma company loses key domain name.

Roche subsidiary 454 Life Sciences has lost control of its domain name and is asking a UDRP panel to help it get it back.

The history on is intriguing. Piecing it together with the help of DomainTools’ historical whois, there are several times over the past two years when this domain name may have been compromised. But earlier this month it suddenly was under a new name and forwarded to a Sedo parking page.

Roche was in control of the domain name as of March 31, 2010. The admin contact was although the whois had an invalid phone number. It also showed an old Network Solutions technical contact even though the domain was at eNom, so there was clearly some poor record keeping.

On April 16, 2010 the domain name moved out of Roche’s eNom reseller account. The registration services email changed to

Then on May 23, 2010 the whois record changed to a privacy service even though the nameservers stayed with Roche.

The domain came out from whois privacy on July 14, 2011. The whois record looked like it had before the domain name went into privacy in April 2010 with one subtle difference: the admin email was now

Notice the typo of Roche as Roceh?

Roche doesn’t own, which means the owner or basically could control the domain name. But it’s not clear that that lead to the domain changing hands, because the typo was fixed on July 31, 2011.

Then on September 5 the domain name suddenly changed to a new owner and pointed to Sedo domain parking.

How and when did Roche actually lose control of the domain name? It’s hard to tell. Perhaps the UDRP case will shed some more light on it.

© 2011.

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