Vegasinc.com is reporting that GNLV Corp the owner of the Golden Nugget Casinos, filed two suits in the last month over two typo domain names.
The most recent suit was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas against Kanter Associates SA for cybersquatting and trademark infringement.
The domain name in question is thegoldennuggett.com which has an extra ‘T’ at the end of the domain.
The domain holder is a Panama company.
According to the site the domain “links to travel and reservation services involving the Golden Nuggets, other gaming properties and airlines” and the “Defendant has registered, trafficked in and/or used a domain name that is identical or confusingly similar to and/or dilutive of plaintiff’s trademarks.
According to the same article , On April 27 GNLV Corp filed a lawsuit in the same court against the operator of the golddennugget.com (the domain has an extra “d” in it), registered to someone in Germany.
I know the general rule of thumb in some of the domain world is that if you register trademarks you can always just give back the domain.
However I think this case shows that if you think a trademark holder will not file suit over a single domain name or against person or company outside of the US, think again.