Tesla Motors has finally managed to acquire the Tesla.com URL that was first registered in 1992.

Tesla Motors has finally managed to acquire the Tesla.com URL that was first registered in 1992.

Tesla started its operations in 2003 but until now it used the TeslaMotors.com domain name, because the simpler Tesla.com was owned by Stu Grossman, a computer engineer from California. A Whois record shows the domain was transferred to the EV manufacturer on Tuesday.

While the Tesla.com domain redirects to the Palo Alto-based company’s existing web site, Teslamotors.com represents a more popular internet search term.

Interestingly, records show that in 2005 Grossman had a legal dispute with Tesla Industries, a manufacturer of power conversion systems, regarding the same domain. The records reveal that he registered the URL back in November 1992, when “the World Wide Web, and websites themselves, did not exist.” Grossman won the dispute and continued using the domain as a private email server.

This is not the first case of that type for Tesla, as back in 2006 the EV marque had to deal with a trademark troll in China to use its original name. The Californian automaker used the name Tuosule for several months, before reaching an agreement to go back to the Tesla name.

Source: International Business Times

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