Join us at TNW Conference 2022 for insights into the future of tech →

The heart of tech

This article was published on February 21, 2012

Microsoft sues Russian businessman over Windows.ru domain

Microsoft sues Russian businessman over Windows.ru domain
Martin Bryant
Story by

Martin Bryant

Founder

Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-qualit Martin Bryant is founder of Big Revolution, where he helps tech companies refine their proposition and positioning, and develops high-quality, compelling content for them. He previously served in several roles at TNW, including Editor-in-Chief. He left the company in April 2016 for pastures new.

Microsoft has today launched legal proceedings against a Russian businessman as it looks to gain control of the Windows.ru domain, the RAPSI, Russian Legal Information Agency reports.

Dmitry Shapovalov is said to be the current owner of the domain, which currently points to the Russian Wikipedia page for the kind of window you find in the wall of a building.

The domain’s Whois record shows Windows.ru as having being initially registered in October 1998. It’s currently listed as being held by a private individual who is paid up until 1 November 2012.

Microsoft is defending its trademark in this case, and it’s unclear if Shapovalov ever had a legitimate claim on the domain or not. RAPSI reports that his attorney describes the computing company’s claim as “unclear.” The case will be heard in the Moscow Commercial Court on 11 April.

We’ve contacted Microsoft for a comment on the case.

Also tagged with