The Next Web reports that the US search giant filed a complaint at the National Arbitration Forum on January 5 against a Hong Kong-based operator, which it claimed owned a number of domain name derivatives of Google.com.
Many companies snap up domain names that feature subtle (and not so subtle) variations of popular web address, as people often misspell the web names in their browser searches. This opens up the opportunity to capitlise on the accidental web traffic and direct the users to other content.
After the unnamed Hong Kong operator failed to submit a response to the proceedings, the National Arbitration Forum has ruled that the 32 domain names it owned should be transferred to Google with immediate effect.
The forum asserted that all domains met the main requirements to be transferred to Google under Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) rules.
This includes that any domain names registered must not be "confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark" of another firm, and that any registered names must not be "used in bad faith".
Below is the full list of domain names gained by Google:
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