Feeds

UK telcos challenge 'next generation networks' trademark

Oi, no!

Top three mobile application threats

Scottish telco Thus is calling on the UK telecoms industry to challenge a recent trademark registration of the term "next generation networks".

The term is jargon commonly used by telcos to describe their next generation telecoms networks, such as BT's 21CN, which use digital technology to connect phone calls and other network traffic more efficiently than traditional telecoms networks.

But it's emerged that US outfit Wireless Facilities Inc (WFI) has taken out a trademark on the term in Europe. If left unchallenged, it could mean that operators will be prevented from using the term "next generation networks" or face legal action.

In a statement, Thus said: "Thus, as the first operator in the UK to have its Next Generation Network in place, is naturally concerned about the application for trademark registration of the term 'Next Generation Networks' in Europe.

"This is not only a description of our network, but also a generic term used by the industry and it is quite extraordinary that this trademark application has progressed to this point.

"We will be opposing this application and we are calling on the industry and Ofcom to support us in this manner," it said.

Indeed, Ofcom is already understood to be looking into the matter. Earlier this year the regulator set a new industry body - Next Generation Networks UK (NGN UK) - to oversee the technical and commercial arrangements for NGN development in the UK.

A source at NGN UK told us that lawyers would be consulted this week to ensure the new industry group - backed by BT, Cable & Wireless (C&W), NTL, Thus and Vodafone, among others - did not have to change its name.

For its part, WFI is unaware of the fuss caused in the UK over its trademark. "WFI applied for trademark protection in the European Union in 2005 for the service mark 'Next Generation Networks'. That application has been proceeding in the ordinary course. This is the first that WFI has heard of any opposition to its trademark application in Europe." ®

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet
Maria Miller finally resigns over expenses row
Skype pimps pro-level broadcast service
Playing Cat and Mouse with the media
EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app
Bug quietly slurps PAYG credit - yet EE denies it exists
Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network
Says anything's possible if regulators approve merger with Time Warner
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app
Jibber-jabbering addicts turfed out just as Zuck warned
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.