Former search engine tech #domain sold in auction

Vivisimo was a privately held technology company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, specializing in the development of computer search engines. In May 2012, Vivisimo was acquired by IBM for an undisclosed amount, to promote its “big data” technology. The company’s domain,, was registered in 2000 and was under the protective eye of CSC Corporate Domains. Fast-forward […]

Copyright © 2024 · All Rights Reserved. : IBM’s new brand fails the radio test

IBM is a monolith of a company, with 110 years in existence. But even established companies can make mistakes, as its launch of Kyndryl results in an brand that fails the radio test. So what is Kyndryl exactly? According to the IBM announcement, Kyndryl will be the name of the new, independent company that will […]

Copyright © 2024 · All Rights Reserved. #UDRP : There’s no tribute to IBM on this infringing #domain name

Registering a domain incorporating the world famous IBM trademark plus a date, seems to be a reference to a milestone event in the company’s history. Indeed, the company began in 1911, founded in Endicott, New York, as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) and was renamed “International Business Machines” in 1924. But the domain name isn’t […]

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#IBM .onl : Registrant wanted $18 million dollars for infringing #domain name

From the blatant cybersquatting department: The registrant of sought $18,960,000 dollars for it. Listing an infringing domain for sale on Sedo didn’t sit well with IBM, a multi-billion dollar corporation with a world-famous mark. The ensuing UDRP resulted in transferring the domain to the Complainant: The Panel finds that the above-mentioned circumstances indicate that […]

Copyright © 2024 · All Rights Reserved. : International Business Methodologies loses IBM acronym #domain UDRP at the WIPO

When you choose your business name to be an acronym of sorts, be certain you don’t infringe on established, famous company brands. The registrant of the domain claims that “IBM” stands for “International Business Methodologies.” They stated that due to the pandemic, they didn’t have time to roll out a web site; the domain […]

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IBM takes the .Buzz domain via UDRP

Despite the new URS process that allows for trademark holders, particularly those of famous marks, to disable an offending gTLD domain, IBM took the UDRP route. In a case filed at the WIPO against the domain, the Complainant was International Business Machines Corporation. The UDRP was filed 4 months after the domain was […]

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Domainer beware: Vultures prey on generics

No sooner did we announce that the cash-strapped University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign considers putting its ultra-generic domain, on the market for sale – the vultures rushed in. Smelling fresh domainer flesh, the predators started lowballing this magnificent and truly ancient domain that was registered in 1992. “I’ll give you a suitcase full of […]

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