Following a complaint filed by Apple towards the end of June to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), under the stipulations of the uniform domain name dispute resolution policy (UDRP) regarding the rightful ownership of the domain ipad3.com.
The previous owner, Global Access, has quickly buckled and transferred the domain name to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton – is now the legal owner of the ipad3.com domain name and soon the name would be transferred to Apple. Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton are the legal representatives of Apple who have represented them in a number of recent trademark and patent copyright infringement cases around the globe.
The domain name was registered back in January 2010 and, Global Access, a company from the Isle of Man, was the registrant. They had lost other copyright violation challenges from companies such as MasterCard and AOL.
The latest third generation iPad was never officially launched as the iPad3, but in spite of that, users all over the world have referred it as so. As a result, when users were typing ipad3.com on their browsers, instead of seeing the latest iPad they were being directed to a parked domain page causing loss of traffic and even sales. Under the uniform domain name dispute resolution policy, the arbitration panel would have ruled the complaint in favor of Apple. The original registrant appears to have given up hopes of retaining the ownership and quickly transferred the domain name to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton without even waiting for the judgment to be made.
Apple thus has won yet another case regarding such similar sounding domain names. Earlier, another domain name – iphone5.com – was also transferred to Apple Inc. following similar complaints. Iphone5.com was transferred to Apple and the Whois database updated records on May 21 showed the domain owner has changed. The same happened with the domain usedmacs.com, which was also changed following a complaint from Apple.