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May/02

INTERNETNEWS.COM vs. INTERNETNEWS.INFO


The 1-888-MATTRES case, In re DIAL-A-Mattress, 244 F.3d 88 (Fed. Cir. 2001) suggests that domain names in the form [DESCRIPTIVE TERM].COM or [GENERIC TERM].COM are registrable as trademarks (at least in the U.S.), but what scope of protection should they be accorded?  A hint that the answer is “not much” is a WIPO decision (in Spanish) at http://arbiter.wipo.int/domains/decisions/html/2002/d2002-0249.html in which the owners of the registered mark INTERNETNEWS.COM lost a UDRP against the registrant of INTERNETNEWS.INFO.  An English language account is at http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2110412,00.html 

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