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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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Facebook Bought FB.biz Domain Name, Too

December 8, 2010Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, facebook, fb.biz, fb.comComments Off on Facebook Bought FB.biz Domain Name, Too

Facebook snaps up FB.com; currently owns FB.com and .biz.

Remember when .biz registry Neustar auctioned off two letter domain names at twodotbiz.biz? Facebook participated and picked up the domain name FB.com.

The company registered the domain name under DNStination Inc., which is associated with domain registrar MarkMonitor. Facebook used the same group to acquire FB.com from American Farm Bureau, which still owns the .org domain.

The domain name just recently moved from DNStination Inc. to Facebook in whois, but the domain name doesn’t resolve yet. Facebook is using FB.com for email addresses and a URL shortener; you can type FB.com to go to Facebook.com or just substitute FB.com for Facebook.com in any other URL.

I don’t have a record of the price paid for FB.biz in the auction. Feel free to comment if you know.

My guess is the company goes after FB.info as that domain is released by .info registry Afilias.


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FB.com Domain Name Sells…to Facebook?

September 30, 2010Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, facebook, fb.comComments Off on FB.com Domain Name Sells…to Facebook?

FB.com domain name sells. Likely buyer: Facebook.

American Farm Bureau has sold the domain name FB.com, as George Kirikos noted this morning on Twitter. The domain names whois record now points to a division of Mark Monitor, which manages domain names for Facebook.

So did Facebook buy the domain name? I’ve contacted both American Farm Bureau and Facebook for details.

A PR representative for American Farm Bureau told me he’s not sure how much the organization can say about the sale, and he’s looking into it. The organization’s primary URL is FB.org. Facebook has not yet responded to my request.

But of all of Mark Monitor’s clients, I can’t think of any that would be good candidates to purchase this domain name. It makes perfect since for Facebook, which could use the domain name as a URL shortener. Facebook already owns FB.me for URL shortening and it has been aggressively pursuing intellectual property related to its brand.

I’ll let you know if I get any updates.


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[UPDATED] FB.com Domain Name Sells…to Facebook?

September 30, 2010Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, facebook, fb.comComments Off on [UPDATED] FB.com Domain Name Sells…to Facebook?

FB.com domain name sells. Likely buyer: Facebook.

American Farm Bureau has sold the domain name FB.com, as George Kirikos noted this morning on Twitter. The domain names whois record now points to a division of Mark Monitor, which manages domain names for Facebook.

So did Facebook buy the domain name? I’ve contacted both American Farm Bureau and Facebook for details.

A PR representative for American Farm Bureau told me he’s not sure how much the organization can say about the sale, and he’s looking into it. The organization’s primary URL is FB.org. Facebook has not yet responded to my request.

But of all of Mark Monitor’s clients, I can’t think of any that would be good candidates to purchase this domain name. It makes perfect since for Facebook, which could use the domain name as a URL shortener. Facebook already owns FB.me for URL shortening and it has been aggressively pursuing intellectual property related to its brand.

[UPDATE: Kirikos noticed that Facebook has applied for a FB trademark. American Farm Bureau filed an opposition to the trademark application. It's likely that this prompted some sort of settlement which involved Facebook buying FB.com.]

[UPDATE 2: I heard from American Farm Bureau today. They said the trademark dispute with Facebook is still an ongoing issue, as the trademark dispute at USPTO still shows as open. They did confirm they sold the domain name but would not confirm that it was to Facebook.]

I’ll let you know if I get any updates.


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