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Jonathan Ive loses domain name battle

updated 03:20 pm EDT, Wed May 13, 2009

Ive loses domain name

Apple's lead product designer, Jonathan Ive, has lost a bid to reclaim several web addresses using his name, Bloomberg writes. Ive recently registered a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization, charging that he should be the proper owner of domain names including and some of its related spellings. The domains are currently owned by Harry Jones of London, England, who operates a fansite dedicated to Ive's work.

In its ruling on the dispute, the WIPO notes Ive's name is not used in any commercial fashion, and therefore not a basis for challenge. "The evidence provided indicates that the complainant (and Apple Inc.) do not promote the complainant's name as a brand or trademark, and therefore do not use it in trade or commerce," according to WIPO evaluator John Swinson.

Apple is reported to have approached Jones about the domains in the past, at one time offering him $10,000 despite a prior demand of $400,000. Jones' website describes the latter figure as a means of discouraging intense pressure from Apple; in response to WIPO inquiries however, he has claimed to make "significant revenue" from advertising, thereby warranting a higher valuation. Jones separately suggests that when Apple initially approached him in February of 2008, they were only willing to trade an iPod or a MacBook.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Uncommon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not a fan

    If you're not willing to give, or even sell, someone their (name).com domain name, then you're not a fan.

    I'm also doubtful that he makes that much money on advertising, since doesn't have any ads on it.

  1. Le Flaneur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yes it does have ads!

    Don't you see the Google ads on

  1. gikku

    Joined: Dec 1969



    on the internet?
    firefox with ad-blocker fixes that.

  1. JackWebb

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Surprising victory

    As far as I can tell, this site operates on the up and up. Can you imagine if Apple ran a country and had governmental power? What country would that most be like in the 20th century.

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I would...

    I would buy the domain name testudo... but damn... it's taken!

    I wonder if Joe would get ownership if his "fan" were posting photoshopped, nude pics of Ives?

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not really

    There is nothing wrong with owning someone elses name. Whats more I am sure the reason he won't give up the site is because the fan content would likely be removed.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    glad Apple lost

    This is typical corporate strategy.

    Offer nothing. Offer slightly more than nothing.


    Sue in court.

    Knowing full well that you won't win, their lawyers aren't stupid...

    expecting the bullying works most of the time.

    I'm glad these guys never caved.

    Of course, they own the site, hope you really planned to keep it.

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