Yale University has filed an arbitration case with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) seeking to obtain yale.mobi. Currently, that domain name is registered at GoDaddy with the message: “This .MOBI domain is parked free, courtesy of GoDaddy.” It is not registered with an obvious trademark holder, such as the lock or forklift manufacturer, so we’ll be watching to find out how the case eventually resolves. Perhaps this world-class university is interested in developing a mobile version of their website.
The increasing number of WIPO cases with .mobi domain names and the legal fees incurred in the process are a wake up call to companies who have not yet secured their own .mobi domain names. Since widespread acceptance of the mobile web is in the early stages, now is a good time to start thinking about protecting company trademarks.
The yale.mobi WIPO case number is D2008-1568.