Regular readers may be aware that the guys behind SlashGear/SlashPhone/MYiPhone/Unbox.IT (among others) have been involved in a domain name dispute with Motorola since October last year. The URL in question is MOTORAZR.com, which we registered back in July 2004, and has been a source of cellphone related news ever since.
Three aspects of Motorola's complaint were ruled on: that the domain name is confusingly similar to a trademark in which they have rights; that we, the current owners of MOTORAZR.com, had neither rights nor legitimate interests in the domain, and that we had registered and used it in "bad faith".
The WIPO Administrative Panel invited Motorola on several occasions to prove use of the MOTORAZR mark before they registered it in June 2005, abut they were unable or unwilling to do so. Instead, they claimed that anything involving MOTO (which had been registered back in 2001) should come under the Motorola umbrella and be protected as a mark of their own. The panel, reasonably, declined to give Motorola rights to everything from MOTORWAYS to the MOTORCYCLES that drive along them.
As for using MOTORAZR.com in "bad faith", the panel disagreed with Motorola's claim:
"[Motorola has given] no explanation of why the evidence of [their] real and actual use of MOTORAZR is so thin, why a year passed from product launch to trademark application, and why [they] failed to respond to the [WIPO] Panel’s express invitation to provide further information"
Because of that, the panel also factored out Motorola's suggestion that MOTORAZR.com was expressly designed to misdirect readers into an advertising site.
Motorola's claim, then, was dismissed, in no small part due to the fact that they apparently had no substance to back up their claims.
Please find attached the full text of the decision issued on February 15, 2007 by the Administrative Panel in the above-referenced case.
The Administrative Panel’s finding is as follows:
"For all the foregoing reasons, the Complaint is denied."
Domain disputes are happening every day, many of them large companies looming large over individuals and demanding they hand over their coveted URL. As this author can confirm it's undoubtedly a scary situation to find yourself in, and the idea of fighting it seems vaguely farcical when you consider the legal might these companies have. Yet if there's one thing we know now it's that simply because a corporation is big, it doesn't mean they're always in the right - or that they've done their homework before putting in a complaint.
Click through for detailed response from Mr. Thomas D. Halket - Sole Panelist.
Damn you RAZR, with your fashionably acid-etched keypad and come hither stare - you're leading poor digital voice recorders down the path that leads to eventual public backlash and misery. See, this naive model from Cenix, the NEZZ MVR-W700 (seriously, guys, great naming) is a perfectly regular recorder aside from the V3-esque keys running down its belly.
Features such as "Voice Operated Recording System" are just a fancy way of saying "sound triggered", while the usual mp3 playback and software-less recognition when plugged in via USB are to be expected. However, as of posting AVING are showing a different spec-sheet (that seems to be for a model with a colour TFT display) than that for the MVR-W700, so it's unclear what sort of capacity can be expected.
The Motorola RAZR is getting a brand new hue. Bloody red to remind us of the Global Fund, just as pink reminds us of breast cancer research. The Global Fund, by the way, was created to fund the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, for which Bono and Bobby Shriver created the Product Red campaign. But back to the Red RAZR, the specs will remain the same, including the 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, and microSD slot. The only differences are the color and the price, but all for charity’s sake of course. So show a little love and compassion, practice a little philanthropy, and fork over $289.99 for this Red RAZR when it’s released next month.
Red Motorola RAZR coming your way [Via: Ubergizmo]
SlashGear first saw a glimpse of Motorola’s RAZR PDA back in November 2005. Things have been quiet since, until today; when Hand Cellphone released images as well as specs for the Motorola E690 RAZR PDA. Unlike the Motorola Q, this new handset will sport Linux OS, catering to the Linux crowd.
I admit that the E690 merely resembles the original drawing from November; it does however have a lot of anticipated features. The touch-screen is a nice feature not presented on the Q, with 262K colors TFT display at QVGA resolution. There’s a 2-megapixel camera, and supposed can be used for video conferencing.
Information about this new Samsung M610 cell phone sketchy at best. From what I can gather, the M610 (if that’s even its real name) appears similar to the Z620 and D830. It looks thinner than the RAZR V3, probably has a microSD slot, 2-megapixel camera, and possibly a different charging port. It doesn’t have ready link; what you’re seeing in the picture is the volume button. Please send in any info you may have on this phone, meanwhile, I’ll contact our Sprint representative and see what else we can dig up. More pictures after the jump.
The Motorola RAZR V3i is the latest in cellular features with deep, jewel-tone shades and rich-looking finishes, the new RAZR V3i is the epitome of mobile sophistication. Beneath the stunning exterior, this handset is enhanced with the latest multimedia tools including an integrated 1.23 megapixel digital camera with a full screen view-finder, zoom, video capture and playback and MicroSD removable memory. Cutting-edge music capabilities complete the mobile package, allowing consumers to define their mobile personality through their musical tastes and color preference.