Apple wins iPhone5.com domain

Apple wins iPhone5.com domain

After placing a claim placed with the World Intellectual Property Organization, Apple has won the web domain iPhone5.com from a small independent online forum. The forum is now gone, and the WHOIS domain information points to some new holding company, likely hired by Apple. Of course, this is no guarantee that the next iOS smartphone will actually be called the iPhone 5, but rather a simple issue of trademark protection.

Apple has had a rough time locking down domains in the past, most notably iPad.com and (to a lesser extent) iPhone.com. If the "new iPad" naming scheme has taught us anything it's that all bets are off when it comes to what the next iPhone will be named. Until things get official, iPhone 5 will have to be the placeholder, but what do you think the odds are that Apple will continue the trend set by the iPad and simply call their iOS 6 handset "the new iPhone"? For everyday consumers that aren't embroiled in the tech world, I could see how things would get confusing when talking about the 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S; dialing things back to "the one from 2012" could make life simpler for them.

WWDC is coming up soon, where we're expecting iOS 6 to be announced, if not a new iPhone to be launched for the back-to-school season. Of course, there's nothing solid confirming features of the new iPhone, though rumors swirl about a 4-inch display, liquid metal frame, flexible display, LTE connectivity, and a new micro-dock connector. All of the above sound great but until then, it's all wishful thinking.

Anyone want to take a stab at what Apple will eventually name the next iPhone? Will it be the iPhone 5, will they adopt the more generic naming scheme of the iPad, or is there some other angle they could market the next iPhone from?

Source: TNW

Simon Sage

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Apple wins iPhone5.com domain

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Apple -- where trademarks are always respected!
Unless it is iPad (Proview)
or iPhone (Cisco)
or iOS (Cisco, again)
or Apple (Beatles' Apple Music)

Hooray for using corporate influence to crush the little guy!
I'm going to laugh when the next iphone released isn't iphone 5 and they did this for no real reason.

Congrats on not dunderstanding how trademark law works; you have to defend your marks or risk losing them.

The domain registry system is what's mucked up. They had NO BUSINESS registering any domain name that included "iPhone" with any number appended to it to any company other than Apple.

how is it the domain registry that is messed up? If I want to make a domain with the name iPhone5 that is dedicated to what ever I want it to be then it is my domain as long as I went about it legally. If owning a website with anything "i" in it is illegal then why the hell is this site up and running or "macandcheese.com". If Apple did nothing but strong arm the domain holder out of the domain then it is just another example of corparations using bank accounts to circumvent the process. I hope they at least did the "right" thing and compensated them a little something.

They aren't circumventing the process, they are following it. You think someone should be compensated for taking a trademark name and adding a number to it? They were probably hoping so, too.

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