The domain name PokemonGo.net was auctioned on Saturday, July 16, for $20,950.
The domain PokemonGo.net was originally registered in 2008, it expired in 2011 and re-registered. Then this July it expired and was again available for registration.
On the 13th of July DropCatch.com, a domain name auction house, grabbed it. PokemonGo.net was then in a 3-day auction and it sold to the highest bidder for $20,950.
Whois has not yet been updated so it not yet known who the buyer is. That is if the domain name is paid for and is not re-auctioned.
This purchase has a high legal risk as “Pokemon” is a registered US trademark and the trademark for “Pokemon Go” is pending registration. Nintendo has filed 14 UDRP complaints (most from 2000 to 2002) for domain names such as pokemonpikachu.com and pokemonplanet.net. Nintendo hasn’t lost a single complaint up to this date.
DropCatch.com is currently auctioning the domain name ipokemon.com and the domain currently has a $365 bid. The auction ends tomorrow.
Last week Nintendo, the developer of the new game Pokemon Go, bought the domain name pokemon.club from the .Club registry for just $10.