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July, 2010

  • 21 July

    gTLD applicants get nasty, file trademarks to deter competitors

    In the United States, domain extensions cannot be registered as trademarks. That hasn’t stopped some gTLD applicants in other countries in order to gain an upper hand over competitors, however. One notable example is Constantine Roussos, who has filed some 20 trademarks in hopes of preventing anyone else but him …

  • 19 July

    Paris Hilton files domain dispute

    Paris Hilton, a celebrity and heiress to the Hilton fortune, has filed a dispute with the WIPO over the domain paris-hilton-perfume.net. She contends that the domain violates the “Paris Hilton” trademark. This dispute was more than likely filed by one of Paris Hilton’s legal representatives. This is a good thing, …

  • 13 July

    Microsoft obtains patent for "Cybersquatter Patrol"

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Microsoft a patent today for an investigative tool called “Cybersquatter Patrol.” The tool is designed to generate lists of typosquatting and cybersquatting domains, then figure out who owns them and how the domains generate revenue. This isn’t the company’s first foray into the …

March, 2010

  • 4 March

    Qant.as sells for $1.3 million

    Qant.as, a domain that resembles you know, the Australian airline Qantas, was sold for $1.35 million USD. The seller, Dominic Holland, said in a statement, “The domain name Qant.as could be snapped up by a competitor so damage to Qantas’s business could be in the millions of dollars.” The .as …

February, 2010

  • 11 February

    Yahoo files trademark for Y.com

    According to a story published on TechCrunch today, Yahoo has filed a trademark for Y.com. Why is this so odd? First of all, Yahoo does not own the domain Y.com. In fact, no one does. The majority of .com names under three characters are reserved by the IANA and have …

December, 2009

  • 7 December

    Domain trademark

    Domain appraisal site Valuate.com has a new feature this week: built-in trademark checking. The tool will now check any domain for trademarked company names. Given the number of people who register a trademark without realizing it and then run into legal problems down the road, I think the feature is …

October, 2009

  • 7 October

    Singapore Airlines wins silverkris.com

    Singapore Airlines has won a dispute filed at the WIPO. It involved ownership of the domain silverkris.com, which the company claimed was confusingly similar to its trademark, “SilverKris.” The registrants, Wilson Yang and Chuan Lee, argued that since the name is made up of two English words (a “kris” is …

September, 2009

  • 28 September

    Disney wins domain dispute, but was it worth the effort?

    Disney recently filed a complaint over the domain dealsdisney.info with the National Arbitration Forum. Arguing that the domain infringed on its trademark, the company won the case. But was it really worth the time and effort? Disney spent thousands of pounds in arbitration fees and employee time for a domain …

  • 15 September

    Johnson & Johnson win shampoo domain case

    American pharmaceutical and general consumables company Johnson & Johnson recently filed a dispute over nizoralshampoo.com, registered by Jorgenson Group of Companies. J&J claimed that the domain is similar to its trademarked Nizoral shampoo product. For its defense, Jorgenson had nothing to offer, opting not to respond when the case was …

August, 2009

  • 24 August

    Bitter Domain Dispute Comes to an End

    A recent domain dispute between Urban Logic Inc. and Urban Logic, Peter Holland has ended in a ruling of reverse domain name hijacking. Peter Holland registered urbanlogic.com in 1999 and used it for his consulting business before turning it into a blog for Vietnam veterans. Urban Logic Inc. owns the …