Battle over .delmonte continues.
Del Monte International is taking a dispute over new top level domain names to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
Del Monte International (DMI) applied for the .delmonte domain name. Del Monte Corporation (DMC), which did not apply for .delmonte, filed a Legal Rights Objection against the application and won. (Both companies were once part of the same company, RJR Nabisco.)
DMI subsequently filed a lawsuit against DMC to overturn the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Legal Rights Objection decision. A judge dismissed that case, and then on Monday denied DMI’s Motion for Reconsideration (pdf).
As a result of the denied Motion for Reconsideration, DMI filed an appeal to the 9th circuit yesterday to continue its quest to be able to get the .delmonte domain name.
Del Monte International’s efforts make winning a new top level domain name contention set auction seem like a walk in the park.