Zynga trademark application for the term ‘patentville’ prompts owner of domain name to launch website

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 … [Read more...]

Zynga applies for a trademark on the word: Patentville

If you thought Zynga's trademark application for ville was the last of Zynga's interesting European trademark applications, think again. This week the gaming company filed for a trademark on the word "Patentville", with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the official … [Read more...]

Zynga files for trademark on Farmville English Countryside: Guess who owns the domain? … and it’s not Zynga

Last month, I wrote about how Zynga filed for the European trademark on the word "ville", which sparked a series of news stories and blog posts over the controversial nature of the application by the gaming company.  Writers from around the web ranging from CNET to Business Insider weighed in on the … [Read more...]

Zynga wins dispute for domain name (zygnagiftcards.com turned over to game network)

Zynga, the gaming company that purchased the Cityville.com domain for $38,225 in June 2010 and turned it into a record-breaking game on Facebook, has been successful in getting the domain name zyngagiftcards.com. In early February, Zynga filed a domain name dispute with WIPO, as reported here on … [Read more...]

Zynga files for trademark on the word “Ville” in Europe

On March 1, 2011, Zynga filed for a trademark on the word: ville.  The trademark was filed with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the official trade marks and designs office of the European Union.  Zynga's trademark representative is Rouse, a specialist in international … [Read more...]

Another Zynga domain name goes live — Rewardville.com

The last time I wrote about Zynga and domain names, the company had filed disputes over the domains zyngagiftcards.com and zyngaworld.com with WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization.  Before that, the company had sent a cease & desist letter to the developers of Blingville, which … [Read more...]

Zynga goes after ZyngaGiftcards.com and ZyngaWorld.com domain names

Zynga has filed two domain name complaints concerning zyngagiftcards.com and zyngaworld.com with WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization.  The complaints were filed today for ZyngaWorld.com and yesterday for ZyngaGiftcards.com.  Zynga's Domain Dispute Track Record Zynga has had … [Read more...]

Threats by Zynga backfire as thousands line up online to play Blingville on Facebook

Recently, it came to light over at TechDirt, a technology news blog, that Zynga sent a cease & desist letter to Blingville LLC, the West Virginia company that runs Blingville, an up and coming Facebook game that is currently in Beta testing. Zynga's threats against the company, which resulted … [Read more...]

Breaking: No longer speculation, Zynga launches Rewardville Beta

You read it here first.  After days of speculation as to what Zynga's plans were for the domain name Rewardville.com and even a mention on AOL's Games.com for confirming the rumor, Zynga minutes ago unveiled its Beta site for Rewardville. Although no official announcements have been made, Zynga … [Read more...]

Zynga likes to buy unlikely domain names, and social gaming is expected to be a billion-dollar business in 2011

MafiaWars.com, Cityville.com, Rewardville.com, Warstorm.com, YoVille.com:  As reported by Leena Rao of TechCrunch, social gaming is expected to be a billion-dollar business this year.  And those businesses that are getting into the social gaming market will be looking for domain names.  As they … [Read more...]