Thursday, November 02, 2006

Domain Name Suit in Ohio District Court

A 17-strong company which manufactures tube & pipe mill and rollform machinery, last Monday filed suit in U.S. District Court against California Internet giant YouTube, Inc., seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions, damages, and costs & attorneys’ fees.

Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corporation in suburban Perrysburg, Ohio, has used it’s domain name—“”—in the pursuit of its business since 1996, and has spent more than $1.5 million in advertising & promotion of its trade name, products, and services. It alleges that YouTube, Inc., not launching its services until December 2005—using the domain name “YouTube”—has caused sufficient “confusion in the minds of its consumers that the spillover of nuisance traffic to its website has destroyed the value of its trademark, repeatedly caused the shutdown of its site, increased its internet costs by thousands of dollars a month, and damaged its reputation” as one of the leading manufacturers of its product in the world.


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