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iGoldRush Blog   May 2003

Lines Between Trademarks and Domains Blur

May 01, 2003 in News

The Government of New Zealand, who was slow in registering newzealand.com, was instead forced pay $1 million to a US company who had already registered the domain. As the difference between domain names and trademarks blurs, New Zealand claimed the name was trademarked and filed a suit with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO). WIPO weighed in on the dispute, stating that “New Zealand” did not qualify as a trademark and would have to pay for the name if they wanted it.

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