The United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ruled that Jay Leno has common trademark rights to his name after a 30-year career in show business. The domain name thejaylenoshow.com had previously been used by Texas real-estate agent Guadalupe Zambrano since 2004 to promote his business. WIPO argued that Zambrano registered the site in “bad faith” and now has 10 days to surrender the domain name.
The WIPO ruling comes as Jay Leno transitions from his 17 year career at “The Tonight Show” to his new prime-time talk show “The Jay Leno Show”, beginning September 14th on NBC. Celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Larry King and Martha Stewart have also recently field for cyber squatting rights under the WIPO.