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Apple now owns domain name

Several months after the launch of its third-generation iPad, Apple has reportedly secured the rights to ... sort of.

A law firm that has worked with Apple in the past gained the rights to the URL this week, according to a report from

The transfer of from Global Access to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton follows a late June complaint filed with the with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The URL currently turns up an error. A cached version of the site displayed a placeholder site.

Apple has dubbed its most recent iPad the "new iPad" rather than iPad 3. Fusible speculated, however, that many Web users were likely typing in in search of the updated tablet only to find a link-ridden website, and Apple wanted to stop that. Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton will likely transfer control of to Apple in the near future, the blog said.

The website for "" currently links to a GoDaddy placeholder.

The news comes shortly after Apple gained control over

Last year, Apple successfully obtained the and domain names. It also won the rights to,,,,, and In 2010, it was awarded and

Also today, various news outlets are reporting that Apple is now in the midst of prepping a smaller tablet, known as the iPad mini. The website currently includes a contact form for a company known as Dotlia.