The long running dispute over the domain name Ad.com is over and AOL.com has possession of the domain.
It was back in April 2009 when the domain name ad.com was bought at the Moniker.com TRAFFIC domain auction for $1.4 Million dollars by Directi.
However in August 2009, the then owner of the domain name, Marcos Guillen filed a lawsuit against Directi and Skenzo for refusing to close on the purchase of the domain name.
AOL.com sent Directi a claim that it held a trademark on the term advertising.com and that they believed ad.com infringed on their trademark and threatened to sue if Directi followed through with the purchase.
Later counter suits and third party suits were added including Moniker.com suing for its commission and AOL added as a defendant for cause the whole mess and interfering with the sales contract arising from the TRAFFIC auction.
Today for the 1st time the servers of Ad.com where changed to AOL.com servers and the domain name now goes to AOL Advertising.
Interestingly AOL did not redirect this domain to Advertising.com, although Advertising.com is one of the products listed under Ad.com
Although I do not know the terms of what appears to be a settlement of the parties, its clear with AOL owning the domain name, that they probably had to pay the original seller of the domain from the TRAFFIC auction. Still it is uncertain whether Directi contributed or received funds to the settlement or whether Moniker.com got its commission from the sale.
You might also remember that AOL claimed trademark rights to the domain name Advertise.com shortly after the lawsuit over Ad.com was filed, but AOL lost that one.
AOL also tried to trademark Ad.com and most recently in 2011 their application was rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).