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“Save the Netbooks” campaign launched to fight impending trademark threat

The “Save the Netbooks” campaign is fighting the impending trademark threat from Psion Teklogix, who have given until the end of March 2009 to cease using the term, citing trademarks relating to a line of products discontinued over 5 years ago. SYDNEY, Australia – February 17, 2009 AEST – The “Save the netbooks” campaign was […]

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Cloud Computing Doghouse Updates (Incoming): Psion / Netbook trademark

Many of you will remember Psion from their heydey of making PDAs and other consumer devices and will be surprised to see them being discussed in the context of cloud computing. I’ve already explained what the netbook class of laptops is before and why 2009 will be the year of the enterprise netbook. Basically these […]

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Cloud Computing Doghouse Updates (Outgoing): Dell Computer

Today is an important day in that it marks the 6 month anniversary of USPTO’s revocation of Dell’s Notice of Allowance for the infamous ‘Cloud Computing’ trademark #77139082 that I revealed on 1 August last year. Why’s that important? Because “to avoid abandonment, the office must [have] receive[d] a proper response to [that] office action […]

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Dell Denied: ‘Cloud Computing’ both desciptive and generic

USPTO have already denied Dell’s cloud computing trademark application: A non-final action has been mailed. This is a letter from the examining attorney requesting additional information and/or making an initial refusal. However, no final determination as to the registrability of the mark has been made. This all sounds fairly harmless but the argument presented is […]

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In defense of Dell and where to from here…

Does Dell deserve to be lynched for attempting to register the ‘cloud computing’ trademark? I guess that depends a lot on their motives (which we will likely never know). If they sought to protect their business from one of their competitors doing exactly the same thing then it is more excusable than if it were […]

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Sanity as a service: marketing gone mad

There’s been much ado over Dell’s (thus far unsuccessful) attempt to grab a large slice of the cloud computing landscape (‘clown computing’ is still available, thanks Dave), but it seems this is just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s some other gems: Web 3.0™ was registered to flowchart.com a month or two ago (maybe now […]

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Dell’s Notice of Allowance for ‘cloud computing’ CANCELED

No sooner do I finish posting about Dell, USPTO and ‘Trademark Insanity’ than does USPTO go an update the status of the offending trademark: Current Status: The Notice of Allowance for this application was canceled. So much for ‘we now have six months to file our statement of use for the trademark, and will decide […]

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Dell, USPTO and ‘Trademark Insanity’

It’s not even been a week since I revealed my discovery of Dell’s trademark application #77139082 in the cloud-computing Google Group, and a few weeks since I actually discovered it. I was too busy at the time trying to find a consensus definition and write an encyclopaedic reference for cloud computing to worry about a […]