Microsoft files new cybersquatting charges

Microsoft on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against a Florida company that it says registers domain names using Microsoft trademarks or misspellings of them.

Microsoft has charged a Florida company with cybersquatting in a new lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Microsoft lists 23 Web addresses in the suit that it says are registered to Domain Investments and contain Microsoft trademarks or intentional misspellings of such names. The addresses include windoesmobile.com, wwwhotmajl.com, microsoft-games.com and zunedrivers.com. Many of the sites include advertising for various products and services.

"Defendants' registration and use of the infringing domain names is to primarily capitalize on the goodwill associated with Microsoft Marks," reads the lawsuit, which also charges 23 unnamed defendants.

For the cybersquatting charges, Microsoft asks to be awarded the defendants' profits from the sites plus damages to be determined at trial, or up to US$100,000 per domain name. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, also includes charges of trademark infringement and false advertising.

Microsoft is also asking for an injunction against Domain Investments from infringing on Microsoft's trademarks and from registering any additional URLs that contain Microsoft trademarks or misspellings of them.

An e-mail sent to an address listed on the Domain Investments Web site bounced back, and a phone message asking for comment was not immediately returned. Domain Investments' Web site describes the company as a domain development and monetization business.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags domain names

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Nancy Gohring

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Cate Bacon

Aruba Instant On AP11D

The strength of the Aruba Instant On AP11D is that the design and feature set support the modern, flexible, and mobile way of working.

Dr Prabigya Shiwakoti

Aruba Instant On AP11D

Aruba backs the AP11D up with a two-year warranty and 24/7 phone support.

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?