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Facebook Registers FBPAC Domains Previously Owned by American Farm Bureau

September 25, 2011american farm bureau, Domaining, Domainnamewire, facebook, Policy & LawComments Off on Facebook Registers FBPAC Domains Previously Owned by American Farm Bureau

Facebook makes intriguing domain registrations.

Facebook has yet to settle an ongoing trademark dispute with American Farm Bureau despite paying millions to buy the FB.com domain name from it.

Now Facebook may have upped the ante, registering FBPAC.org and FBPAC.us. The two domain names were previously registered to American Farm Bureau until they expired in 2009. American Farm Bureau owns FBPAC.com and FBPAC.net.

Although the farmer lobbying group doesn’t operate the domain names, it’s clear that PAC stands for Political Action Committee.

So this begs the question, what is Facebook’s interest in these domain names? I can think of two possibilities:

1. It wants to use them in it current tiff with American Farm Bureau.

2. It’s starting its own PAC.


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Facebook Close to Settling Long Running Dispute Over “FB”

August 23, 2011american farm bureau, Domaining, Domainnamewire, facebook, fb.com, Policy & LawComments Off on Facebook Close to Settling Long Running Dispute Over “FB”

Facebook and American Farm Bureau may be close to settling FB trademark dispute.

Facebook is getting close to settling a trademark dispute with American Farm Bureau over the mark “FB”. It all comes down to one sentence.

The intriguing dispute started when Facebook filed a trademark application for “FB”. American Farm Bureau, a lobbying group for the agriculture industry, initiating proceedings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to reject the trademark.

During the proceedings Facebook acquired the domain name FB.com from American Farm Bureau for what may have been over $8 million dollars. Although Mark Zuckerberg claimed the deal settled the dispute, that was not the case.

The two sides have been working on a settlement and it appears it is close. The latest filing from the parties asking for more time to settle the matter claims (pdf):

“The parties reported that they have an agreement in principle, that drafts have been exchanged between the parties, and that one issue in a single sentence remains to be addressed in the draft agreement.”

I can’t imagine what that one issue is, but it appears a settlement is near.


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