Nintendo denied claim to WiiU.com; considering its 'legal options'
In a surprise twist, Nintendo has found itself the loser in a legal battle it should have easily won, a battle over the domain WiiU.com.
Back in February, the Big N filed a complaint against the Massachusetts-based group who has been squatting on the domain. But as Fusible reported over the weekend, the World Intellectual Property Organization has denied Nintendo’s claim, saying that WiiU.com will stay with its current owner. The WIPO provided no explanation for its decision.
Interestingly enough, the domain for WiiU.com was registered in January 2004, quite a while before the name “Wii” became associated with Nintendo (kind of freaky, if you ask me).
Despite this unexpected defeat, the company isn’t ready to call it quits yet. "Nintendo's efforts to recover the domain name WiiU.com through a Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy administrative proceeding were unsuccessful," a spokesperson told Eurogamer. "Nintendo has a strong history of protecting against infringement of our intellectual property rights and we are continuing to review our legal options.”
Nintendo may not be having a lot of domain-related luck, but as Fusible points out, fellow console giants Sony and Microsoft are in the same boat, being as they do not own domains for their newest systems. Microsoft is currently looking to claim XboxOne.com and other related domains after filing a complaint in May, while Sony has made no move to grab PlayStation4.com from its current owners.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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