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PocketBook sues for PocketBook.com domain name
#1  rcentros 09-25-2020, 02:20 PM
Pocketbook e-reader company sues over Pocketbook.com

https://domainnamewire.com/2020/09/24/pocketbook-e-reader-company-sues-over-pocketbook-com/

Apparently they lost last year in an attempt to use a process called UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy) to force the current owner of pocketbook.com to give it to them.

https://domainnamewire.com/2019/10/03/pocketbook-com-domain-name-saved-in-udrp/

(UDRP looks like another "word" for theft to me.)

pocketbook.com was first registered in 1997, ten years before PocketBook International existed. The current owners obtained the domain name in 2010, however.

https://www.baidu.eu/domains/pocketbook.com

Apparently Site-Tools offered to sell the domain, but PocketBook balked at the price.

From PocketBook's lawsuit...

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Defendants are well aware that they infringe Pocketbook’s intellectual property rights and are causing significant harm to Pocketbook. Defendants, however, have not resolved or addressed these issues, despite having knowledge, opportunity and means to do so. For example, Pocketbook has offered to purchase the Domain Name from the Defendants, but Defendants refused to come to an agreement by callously offering to sell the Domain Name for “six figures” despite the Domain Name being used only for infringing and illicit purposes.
It seems to me that a counter-offer would have made more sense than suing (maybe it's a negotiation tactic).

Well, at least now I know why pocketbook.com doesn't go to PocketBook the eBook seller. The fact that PocketBook wants the domain this badly hopefully means that they plan on returning to the U.S. market.

Although I'm not crazy about how they're doing it.
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#2  MGlitch 09-25-2020, 02:46 PM
Boo hoo for PocketBook. Hopefully the court tosses them out as frivolous.
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#3  rcentros 09-25-2020, 03:19 PM
Quote MGlitch
Boo hoo for PocketBook. Hopefully the court tosses them out as frivolous.
I really don't see how they can win this. But I've been "amazed" by odd court decisions in the past.
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#4  Uncle Robin 09-25-2020, 07:57 PM
Wow! "you had it first, I want it, it should be mine, give it to me" - that argument sounds a little preciousssss to me.
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#5  j.p.s 09-25-2020, 09:26 PM
Quote Uncle Robin
Wow! "you had it first, I want it, it should be mine, give it to me" - that argument sounds a little preciousssss to me.
It's what the Coca-Cola company did with coke.org which belonged to a trade organization devoted to the coal derivative coke.
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#6  Uncle Robin 09-25-2020, 09:29 PM
Quote j.p.s
It's what the Coca-Cola company did with coke.org which belonged to a trade organization devoted to the coal derivative coke.
I didn't know, but that doesn't surprise me. My view of the practice remains the same, regardless of who's doing it
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#7  Ridcully 09-25-2020, 09:33 PM
Pathetic. I considered a PocketBook when I was buying my last e-reader. A little glad I didn't get one now
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#8  Quoth 09-26-2020, 01:13 PM
Apple had to compensate / buy off Fujitsu and Cisco, owners of iPad and iPhone products. The iPhone was Cisco's VOIP deskphone.
They also get sued and lost TWICE by Apple Corp. a company setup by the Beatles that the three Apple founders deliberately copied.
Also got sued by Swiss Rail for coping their clock.
But won some cases against Samsung because the USPTO has been broken since the Victorian Era (Edison Motion Picture patents eventually had to cancelled by the US Government).

The Domain name system and ICANN is crazy anyway though. YOU create the name yet have to rent it? Then a bigger company can take it off you, or take it if you miss renewal.
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#9  Camellia 09-27-2020, 11:26 PM
Quote Uncle Robin
Wow! "you had it first, I want it, it should be mine, give it to me" - that argument sounds a little preciousssss to me.
It's the sort of argument my niece makes when my nephew won't let her on his buggy.

My niece is four.
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#10  Sarmat89 09-28-2020, 12:17 AM
Quote Quoth
The Domain name system and ICANN is crazy anyway though.
Domain names are finite resource and should be distributed basing on merit. A large company can produce more social benefits from a domain name than a small one.
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