A complaint was filed recently by Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) at the World Intellectual Property Organization or the WIPO over the use of the iPhone5.com domain. According to reports The Arbitration and Media Center of the WIPO is currently taking the case of the iPhone5.com domain into consideration.
A forum that discusses the supposed iPhone 5 is currently found on the iPhone 5.com domain. For the moment, numerous comments are found on four discussions on the forum although the latest comments were connected to the issue on whether the iPhone5.com domain should be controlled by Apple.
An anonymous individual who has a PO Box located in Fortitude Valley, Australia is the registered owner of the iPhone5.com domain, which was originally acquired in February 2008 according to the database of WHOIS. The iPhone5.com domain will expire in February 2021.
The iPhone 5 was supposed to be the name of the current version of the iPhone of Apple although when it was unveiled by the company last October it was dubbed at the iPhone 4S. Recent reports have also indicated that the next generation iPhone will be dubbed as the iPhone 5 although this remains to be seen since the most recent version of the iPad was merely dubbed as the ‘new iPad’ instead of the iPad 3.
Even as the company attempts to acquire the iPhone5.com domain, the rights to the iPhone.com, the iPhone4.com and the iPhone4s.com domains are currently owned by Apple. These domains automatically direct users to Apple.com. But the iPhone3GS.com redirects users to the c-ellphone.com site while the iPhone3G.com brings users to the iPhone 3G directory.
The recent filing of Apple at the WIPO for the iPhone5.com domain is not the first time that the company has tried to reclaim domains related to Apple. Apple was able to reclaim domains related to the company in recent years including macosxlion.com and apple-oem.com.