Apple seeks to gain control of iPad3.com domain name

Recently, Apple introduced its next-gen iPad, and though it's not officially called the iPad 3, it wants a domain squatter in posession of the domain to hand it over.

It's become quite popular for domain squatters to anticipate the names of upcoming Apple products and purchase domain names accordingly. You might remember that way back before Apple introduced the iPad - and folks still weren't sure what it would be called - some people snatched up domains like iSlate.com and AppleSlate.com looking to make a quick buck either via web traffic or perhaps by selling the domain back to Apple.

Recently, Apple introduced its next-gen iPad, and though it's not officially called the iPad 3, it wants a domain squatter in posession of the domain to hand it over.

According to Domain Name Wire, Apple recently asked an arbitration panel to rule on ownership of the domain and have it transferred over to them.

iPad3.com was registered in January 2010 and is currently owned by a company called Global Access in Isle of Man. Global Access is no stranger to cybersquatting complaints, having lost challenges by big companies such as AllState, AOL, an MasterCard.

The domain name is currently parked. Its traffic is rotated to various domain parking services with Above.com.

Apple may have a number of future iPad domain fights on its hands: just about every iPad#.com domain up to at least iPad25.com has already been registered.

You might remember that last Summer, the WIPO ordered that iPods.com be transferred over to Apple. Oddly enough, that domain was registered a few months after Apple introduced the iPod, yet Apple waited until 2011 to file a former complaint. Apparently they're being a little bit more pro-active these days.

Famously, Apple paid out about $1 million to a businessman named Michael Kovatch for ownership of the iPhone.com domain. The difference there is that the iPhone domain had existed for years before Apple unveiled its revolutionary smartphone, so it wasn't an issue of domain squatting.

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