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Cloud Trademarks

Trend Micro abandons Intercloud™ trademark application

Just when I thought we were going to be looking at another trademark debacle not unlike Dell’s attempt at “cloud computing” back in 2008 (see Dell cloud computing™ denied) it seems luck is with us in that Trend Micro have abandoned their application #77018125 for a trademark on the term Intercloud (see NewsFlash: Trend Micro […]

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Twitter Retries Registering Retweet

Hopefully you’re not sick of hearing about Twitter, Inc’s trademark woes (and yet another alliteration) because yes, they’ve been at it again. Conceding that the USPTO has successfully torpedoed their trademark on “tweet” but otherwise undeterred they’ve just tried to lay claim to the more specific term “retweet” (#77804841). While admittedly more distinctive (and therefore […]

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Cloud Standards Trademarks

“Twitter” Trademark in Trouble Too

Yesterday I apparently struck a nerve in revealing Twitter’s “Tweet” Trademark Torpedoed. The follow up commentary both on this blog and on Twitter itself was interesting and insightful, revealing that in addition to likely losing “tweet” (assuming you accept that it was ever theirs to lose) the recently registered Twitter trademark itself (#77166246) and pending […]

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Twitter’s “Tweet” Trademark Torpedoed

Last month Twitter founder Biz Stone announced in a blog post (May The Tweets Be With You) that they “have applied to trademark Tweet because it is clearly attached to Twitter from a brand perspective“. This understandably caused widespread upset as the word “tweet” has been used generically by users for some time as well […]

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Cloud Trademarks

NewsFlash: Trend Micro trademarks the Intercloud™

Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of TrendMicro‘s InterCloud Security Service product when it was announced as a beta back on 25 September 2006 (for general availability in 2007): PR: Trend Micro Takes Unprecedented Approach to Eliminating Botnet Threats with the Unveiling of InterCloud Security Service InfoWorld: Trend Micro launches anti-botnet service NetworkWorld: InterCloud Security […]

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Cloud Trademarks

CloudBurst Trademarked?

It’s no secret that “CloudBurst” is one of my least favourite cloud computing buzzwords. Its intended meaning is something like when you run out of room in your own datacenters you can “CloudBurst” into a public service like EC2. Not only is that somewhat the pipedream today (you want an enterprise app to do what?), […]

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Lessons learnt the likely loss of the “netbook” trademark

Reposted from the Save the Netbooks Blog: There’s a number of things that Psion could have done to avoid losing the “netbook” trademark. For a start, trademarks relate to a specific class of goods or services. The “netbook” mark #75215401 is just for “laptop computers”, as in the devices themselves. When Psion stop selling the […]

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Cloud Trademarks

Conspiracy theories about Intel’s role in the “netbook” craze

The last few days working on Save the Netbooks have been enlightening to say the least. It’s surprising that something as mundane as a moniker for a generic class of laptops can be an outlet for the conspiracy theorists, but Mark “Sumocat” Sumimoto (the “Father of Ink Blogging” – which is interesting in itself) at […]

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Blogger fights Psion’s right to ‘netbook’ name

The Register: Blogger fights Psion’s right to ‘netbook’ name ‘Considerable chutzpah’ By Gavin Clarke in San Francisco Posted in PCs & Chips, 19th February 2009 01:44 GMT A campaign has been launched to thwart Psion Techlogix’s attempt to re-assert its trademark over the name “netbook”. A blogger who claimed to have helped thwart Dell’s attempt to […]

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Psion Teklogix may lose Netbook trademark

Psion Teklogix, who own international trademarks on the term “netbook” relating to a product that was discontinued in 2003, had recently sent cease and desist letters to “literally hundreds” of recipients, including netbook enthusiast sites. The Save the Netbooks campaign was launched by an Australian firm “to fight the impending trademark threat” and has since […]