Apple Wins WIPO Dispute; Gains Control of Domain

Last week, we reported that Apple had filed a claim with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to gain control of the domain.

The Next Web reports that the status of the case, which was ‘Case Active’, has changed to “Terminated” on WIPO’s website, indicating that Apple has won the dispute.

The domain is now in control of brand protection firm Corporation Service Company on Apple’s behalf. which used to host a discussion forum for iPhone 5, now shows a blank page.

iPhone 5 has been one of the popular monikers for Apple’s next generation iPhone. So the news that Apple had filed a claim with WIPO to gain control of the domain had sparked off speculations that Apple may be pursuing it in preparation for the next generation iPhone launch later this year.

It remains to be seen if Apple will call the next generation iPhone – iPhone 5, iPhone 6 (as its the sixth generation iPhone) or the new iPhone (like the new iPad).