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January 4, 2011 / Nate Harris

Microsoft Scooping Up Kinect Domains

As Domain Name Wire puts it: “If you registered domain names with “Kinect” in them with plans to develop sites related to the XBox Kinect system, you better watch out.” DNR reports that Microsoft has filed several UDRP complaints targeting such domains. Interestingly, Microsoft doesn’t own <kinect.com>. However, that hasn’t stopped it from challenging the registration of <wwwKinect.com>.

DNR wants to know: “So can they win a UDRP for a typo of a domain name they don’t even own?” That’s a good question. I don’t see why they couldn’t. The first prong requires that the disputed domain be identical or confusingly similar to the complainant’s mark, not their domain name. After that, you’re off to the races.

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