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Internet Security Standards

Twitter’s down for the count. What are we going to do about it?

What’s wrong with this picture? There’s not a single provider for telephony (AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.) There’s not a single provider for text messaging (AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.) There’s not a single provider for instant messaging (GTalk, MSN, AIM, etc.) There’s not a single provider for e-mail (GMail, Hotmail, Yahoo!, etc.) There’s not a single provider for […]

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Trademarks

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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Trademarks

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 […]