Have tried to open GooglePlay.com to open newly launched Google Play services? if yes then you might have noticed that actually Google doesn’t won GooglePlay.com . Google ahve filed an ICANN dispute to get GooglePlay.com at their bag.
According to whois report of GooglePlay.com , the domain was registered on may 2011 and currently owned by an Japanese (wo)man.
Google has registered the trademark for Google Play and that’s why they want the domain GooglePlay.com at their hand. The requirements for successfully disputing a registration under ICANN’s rules are as follows:
- The registrant registered the domain name and is using it in "bad faith".
- The registrant does not have any rights or legitimate interests in the domain name; and
- The domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the complainant has rights;
Point 2 and point 3 are in favor of Google but Point 1 isn’t. This domain was registered long time ago when the Google Play trademark was not available.But Google has a trump card of “Google” in the domain name “GooglePlay.com”, and that’s why Google is in advantage.
Finally let’s see what happens to it. We will cover all the stories related to this.