When I was looking at my Dropping.pro emails this morning, I noticed quite a few domain names in pending delete status beginning with “GE.” A few Whois searches showed me that the domain names were previously owned by General Electric, which is commonly referred to as GE. The domain names I noticed were registered at CSC, and once they were allowed to expire, they went into pending delete status, where they will be caught by drop catching services.
Here is an assortment of the GE domain names that were in pending delete status today that could have TM issues if used in an infringing manner:
Here are some of the GE 4 and 5 letter .com acronym domain names that deleted today:
Some of the non-GE domain names that expired that I noticed were:
There may have been many more non-GE domain names, but that would have required more extensive research since there wasn’t really anything that stood out about the generic names to associate them with General Electric.
While some of these domain names would have trademark issues (in my opinion) if they are bought and used in an infringing manner, there are a number of domain names that hold generic value. The four letter acronym domain names, like MyGE.com and GESB.com, are valuable due to their broad usability. In addition, I think the non-GE domain names are also valuable.
I don’t believe these domain names were listed for sale nor do I think the company indicated that they could be for sale, so perhaps there is some pent up demand from prospective buyers who saw names were owned by General Electric and did not even attempt an acquisition.
My bet is the auctions with these names will gross thousands of dollars for the auction houses, and it was surprising to see a large company like GE drop domain names like these.