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Nintendo fails to get Wii U domain through WIPO

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 01 Jul 2013 8:42 User comments (3)

Nintendo fails to get Wii U domain through WIPO Nintendo of America has failed in its attempt to gain control over the WiiU.com domain name after filing a cybersquatting complaint in February.
The WiiU.com domain is privately held, and Nintendo would like to take control of it for obvious reasons. However, the the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) declined to have the domain forcefully handed over to Nintendo.

WiiU.com was registered all the way back in 2004, around seven years before Nintendo first announced a Wii U console was on the horizon, in April 2011.

Nintendo will now have to try another approach to get the domain, like simply buying it from the current owner.

Microsoft is also seeking to get control of two domain names - XboxOne.com and XboxOne.net - both registered in December 2011 by a resident of London.

Regulators do differentiate between a legitimate use of a registered domain name, and the practice of intentionally registering large amounts of domain names with potential future trademarks in them, for whatever reason.

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3 user comments

11.7.2013 14:46

Well, when a product is nearly dead (stillborn?), they're probably even less likely to force a transfer of the domain. ;-)

Is Nintendo even marketing the Wii U? I think all last Xmas season I saw a total of 2 TV ads for it...and maybe a few websites that featured it.

22.7.2013 15:06

WIIU upscales WII games making it already one step ahead of the Xbone4 :P


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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33.7.2013 5:38

Please stop using the term xbone, it's old,stupid and makes you sound ignorant. Thanks

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