Apple Going After Domain Name

By: Shaylin Clark - July 2, 2012

Apple is continuing its habit of seizing websites bearing product names Apple itself doesn’t intend to use, according to recent reports. A few weeks ago we told you that they had taken steps to seize, a site that hosted a small message board devoted to discussions of the new iPhone. Despite the fact that Apple likely has no intention of calling the next iPhone “iPhone 5,” they filed a petition with the World Intellectual Property Organization to seize it. The request was granted fairly quickly.

Now they’re doing the same with another website. Before it launched back in March, the current generation iPad was widely expected to be named the iPad 3. That, of course, didn’t happen, to the surprise and consternation of many a tech journalist. Nevertheless, according to Domain Name Wire, Apple has filed a complaint with WIPO to have control of the domain handed over to them.

The domain is currently owned by an apparent cybersquatter called Global Access. Global Access, based in the Isle of Man, has lost similar disputes with other companies in the past.

The interesting question, of course, is whether Apple will continue going after domains for product names they don’t intend to use. After all, the new iPad likely marked the end of numbered iOS devices, so presumably they shouldn’t feel the need to own, say, or (it seems that everything up through has already been registered). Meanwhile, though Apple does own,,, and many others, they don’t actually own Curiously enough, they don’t appear to have any intention of going after that site at the moment.

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  • Michael Among

    The internet has become a place where companies or individuals can purchase a domain online. This trade name must be record for all legal purposes. To show legal rights; in case of infringements of the trade name. I have come across in my internet searches; where companies on the internet have no legal rights. But, the use of a company name or trade name is being used intentionally in their current internet advertising campaigns; where they have no legal ownership to the trade name. In these situations; the owner of the trade name will have a attorney write a letter. These individuals or companies who are using the trade name with no ownership or legal rights to the trade name. Are requested to cease and desist in the use of this trade name or further action will be taken. This letter becomes a legal document; the individuals or companies are notified of their infringement on the trade name. And, the owner of the trade name will pursue all legal rights if they do not immediately cease from all activities using this trade name. A confirmation of receipt of the letter and a deadline is noted in the letter. To discuss actions to remedy this infringement.