Video game publisher loses arbitration for BioShock.com domain name. Take-Two Interactive Software, publishers of the Grand Theft Auto series and BioShock, have lost a domain name arbitration case to get the domain name BioShock.com. Take-Two filed for a trademark on BioShock back in 2005 on an intent-to-use basis, and first used the mark in commerce in 2007 according to USPTO filings. But the company claimed there was online chatter about the release of a new game called BioShock prior to Frank Schilling’s Name Administration acquiring the domain name in 2005. Furthermore, consumer products company Johnson & Johnson had contacted Schilling about the domain name prior to the complaint when J & J filed a trademark for BioShock for other purposes, which was ultimately abandoned.
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No Grand Theft Domain: Take-Two Interactive Loses Battle over BioShock.com