Zynga’s recent European trademark application for the term ‘patentville’ appears to have prompted the owner of the domain patentville.com to take notice. On April 14, a day after my story ran on Domaining.com, the popular domain news aggregator, patentville.com went from a parked page at Sedo to an active website that is still in the very early stages of development.
According to the About Us page on its website, “We are working on bringing an idea information resource for you at PatentVille.com in the coming months. Please email us at information at patentville.com and let us know if you would like to see us include a specific area related to inventions, patents and ideas.”
If for any reason Zynga thinks it’s going to have an easy time getting the domain name without plunking down some serious cash, there’s not much doubt the owner of patentville.com will stay on the offense.
As I pointed out in my previous story, the owner of patentville.com is Michael P. Eddy, a registered Patent attorney who knows a thing or two about trademarks, copyrights, patents and domain names. His law office also offers services related to domain disputes.
Plans for patentville by Zynga?
Zynga has not revealed any details or plans for patentville.
Outside of this story and a trademark application in Europe, nothing else is known.