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September, 2009

  • 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 …

  • 8 September

    Michael Moore misses out on movie domain

    Yesterday, American documentary maker Michael Moore presented his latest film, Capitalism: A Love Story, at the Venice film festival. The tag line of the movie is “Capitalism is evil, and you cannot regulate evil.” Moore already owns capitalismalovestory.com, but could did not register capitalismisevil.com. Not only does it match the …

August, 2009

  • 28 August

    Cybersquatter ordered to pay $33 million to Verizon

    Cybersquatting isn’t cheap these days. This week, a federal court upheld a $33 million (£20.3 million) ruling against OnlineNIC, a wholesale domain company, for cybersquatting the Verizon.com domain and trademarks. OnlineNIC reportedly used an automated system to register some 663 names confusingly similar to Verizon.com, such as iphoneverizonplans.com, accountverizonwireless.com, and …

  • 26 August

    Cybersquatting has cost businesses more than £133 million

    Going after cybersquatters is expensive. Recent research conducted by the Corporation Service Company (CSC) shows just how must it has cost businesses over the years: £133 million ($220 million USD). How can companies avoid this expense? According to the CSC, the best remedy is simply to be proactive and register …

  • 26 August

    Malaysia's .my registry seeks to increase registrations

    According to the Mynic, the administrator of Malaysia’s .my domain, most of the country’s businesses operate websites online. Less than half use a .my domain, however, preferring other extensions like .com instead. Faced with this reality, Mynic is now pushing companies to get on the .my bandwagon. To help lure …

  • 24 August

    Oprah sues cybersquatters

    American talk show host Oprah Winfrey made news last week when she became one of many celebrities lately to go after cybersquatters. In this case, Winfrey and her broadcasting company, Harpo Entertainment Group, are suing a group of nutritional supplement websites. The sites sell weight and anti-aging products, and feature …

  • 19 August

    Microsoft Scores PSXBOX.NET in Dispute

    Microsoft is a company that needs no introduction, but for those who have been under a very low-tech rock for the past 20 years, they are the dominating software force in the PC market. Their operating system, Windows and their office suite are used on the majority of the world’s …

  • 12 August

    WIPO Orders Transfer of Two Domains to Wikipedia

    Yes, anyone can edit Wikipedia. Anyone can theoretically add their input into the participatory encyclopedia that has been both lauded and shunned, depending on who you ask. With 262 languages and hundreds of thousands of articles, nearly everyone has access to it. But not everyone can be Wikipedia, as Kevo …

  • 7 August

    Nokia Rescues Ovistore.com

    Mobile telecommunications giant Nokia filed a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum over the domain ovistore.com. The respondent in the case was Nehra Corp. Nokia owns the trademark OVI, and their application store website address is store.ovi.com. Like many other cybersquatting cases, the respondent used ovistore.com to display a website …

  • 3 August

    Romantic Tours Inc. Wins HotRusianBride.com

    In the past, domains that are descriptive rather than actual proper names were not awarded to the complainants. What then is so special about Hot Russian Brides? The difference is that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awarded Romantic Tours, Inc. a trademark for Hot Russian Brides. If …