Microsoft Corporation has won two disputes filed in May with the National Arbitration Forum over a batch of Xbox-related domains owned by a resident of China who goes by the name “Cheng Juan”.
The disputed names include XboxPhone.com, XboxTablet.com, XboxLiveTV.com, XboxCompanion.com, Xbox8.us and Xbox8.org.
While Microsoft’s interest in securing names like XboxLiveTV.com and XboxTablet.com is understandable, the “Xbox 8″ names are a little more puzzling. That is, unless of course, Microsoft has plans for the names beyond just defensively protecting its intellectual property.
At this point, it’s unknown whether Microsoft has any plans to name a future Xbox the “Xbox 8″, but this isn’t the first time speculation has surfaced online that the upcoming Xbox may be called the “Xbox 8″ instead of the “Xbox 720″. Earlier gaming articles discussed whether the next-gen Xbox would be named the XBOX 8 and why Xbox 8 not 720 is a good name.
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In late June, the domains listed in the disputes were ordered transferred after two separate panels found the names were identical to the XBOX marks, that the respondent had no rights or legitimate interests in the domains, and that the domains had been registered and are being used in bad faith.
Microsoft has been busy filing complaints and has a number of pending cases against the owners of Xboxliverewards.com, Xboxsports.com, Xboxsmartglass.com, and Xboxmusic.com.
As of today, no complaint has been filed against the owner of Xbox8.com, which also appears to be registered to a resident of China according to Whois.
Full details of the decisions handed down are available online.
Microsoft Corporation v. cheng juan Claim Number: FA1205001445083
Microsoft Corporation v. cheng juan Claim Number: FA1205001445084
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