Grrr.

Sorry, Garrett, this domain is not for sale.

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Garrett Mace" <###@###>
To: <dns2@gnomailbox.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 5:51 PM
Subject: arduino.com


> Please tell me your asking price on arduino.com
>
> Thanks,
> --- Garrett
>

I guess the popup-ridden parking page is more valuable.

Hey, doesn’t somebody hold the trademark for Arduino? There is precedent of legal action making domain squatters give up domains containing obvious trademarks. Of course, Arduino isn’t a unique name, it’s like “william.com” except Italian.

Well, on the plus side .cc goes nicely with creative commons.

(it’s actually for: .cc is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Cocos (Keeling) Islands, an Australian territory.)

Hey, doesn’t somebody hold the trademark for Arduino?

Yup…

(URL snipped because the USPTO has a crappy web site)

Go here…

There is precedent of legal action making domain squatters give up domains containing obvious trademarks.

These are the folks who handle disputes…

http://www.icann.org/en/udrp/udrp.htm

Of course, Arduino isn’t a unique name, it’s like “william.com” except Italian.

That certainly hasn’t slowed down McDonald’s…

http://www.peteryu.com/inttrademark/problem1.pdf
http://www.mcspotlight.org/media/press/reuters_21dec96.html
http://www.thelocal.se/18606/20090401/

I guess it comes down to who has the bigger lawyer.

  • Brian

Arduino.com isn’t a problem so long as it’s not representing itself as Arduino “the open source micro controller” or branding electronic products similar to Arduino as “Arduino”.

Arduino.com has few visitors, possibly under a dozen uniques a day, so it would be generating few clicks and it probably costs more for the person to hang onto it then the revenue it might generate from accidental visitors.

The domain would only be worth something to the guys at arduino.cc, since only they would be able to use it to sell arduino open source MC’s. Anyone else using it for that purpose would likely attract a cease and desist because in that context, an intentional copyright or trademark infringement claim would be hard to defend.

That’s why the boys at freeduino called themselves “freeduino” rather than (arduino.something) “help yourself version”.

What were you planning to use it for if it was for sale?