Just like any other major company, Apple has the unfortunate dilemma of dealing with “domain squatters,” which are people that register and sit on brand- or product-related domain names such as iPad.com in order to make money by selling it at a later date. Even worse, some squatters acquire these domains in an attempt to trick people into thinking it is a legitimate website owned and operated by Apple.
Apple does try to combat against these domain names periodically, and yesterday filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization in an attempt to secure ownership of the Applecom.com and ApplePrinters.com domains. Apple is rather inconsistent in going after domain names, however, as it fought vigorously to acquire iPhone.com, yet has not bothered to seek ownership of iPad.com after nearly two years since the tablet was released. We will let you know what happens with this particular complaint.