Articles about Trademark

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Shock: Apple patents the phone book

Apple has been granted a patent that suggests its future MacBooks will come with built-in phone hardware, giving the notebooks mobile broadband connectivity. The patent, granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office, describes a method for embedding high-speed LTE hardware into the shell of a notebook computer, using the …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2016

Euro IP study finds 25 Tor-and-Bitcoin-loving pirate business models

Knock us over with a feather: a study by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has found that those who infringe intellectual property for a living are quite fond of anonymity technologies that cover their tracks. The Office last week emitted a Deloitte-penned study titled Research on Online Business Models …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2016

Newbie NVXL flashes takes-a-kicking NVMDurance offering

NVXL is bringing an enhanced endurance SSD to market by using NVMdurance technology. NVMdurance is an Irish startup that uses firmware in an FPGA to control and manage how data is written to an SSD in such as way as to extend its working life up to 10 times longer than before. It has a partnership with Intel to use the Altera …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2016
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NRA guns down 38,000 Surge.sh sites in anti-parody spray-and-pray

Updated Web publisher Surge.sh blames a single trademark-infringement complaint for stripping more than 38,000 websites from the internet. Surge offers webspace and tools for creating sites, and uses New York-based DigitalOcean to run the underlying server that powers its hosted websites. Surge said DigitalOcean pulled the plug on its …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jun 2016
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Broker DP Data shuts up shop after HP's lawyers took a bite out of them

Grey broker DP Data Systems is facing a trademark infringement case brought by Hewlett Packard that ultimately convinced management to pull down the shutters, the business has claimed in its latest financial filing. As exclusively revealed by El Reg, the Manchester based wholesaler of HP, Cisco, IBM, Juniper and Lenovo shut up …
Paul Kunert, 30 Jun 2016
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Arista-scat! Possible import ban looms after US ITC decision

Ethernet switch vendor Arista faces a possible import ban, after losing a key round in its ongoing patent battle with Cisco. Since 2014, Switchzilla has been pursuing Arista, chiefly on the accusation that the upstart's command-line interface is the same as the IOS CLI. While Arista was cleared over two patents, the ITC has …

Let's Encrypt in trademark drama

The group behind the Let's Encrypt certificate authority (CA) says that its name could be in doubt thanks to rival CA Comodo Group. The Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) says that it is currently locked in a conflict with Comodo, who it claims is trying to trademark the "Let's Encrypt" name despite its previous filings …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2016
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Catz: Google's Android hurt Oracle's Java business

Google’s free distribution of Android damaged Oracle’s business – according to Oracle. The database giant reportedly told a US federal court that giving Android to handset makers for free destroyed the revenue it could have made on licensing Java. Oracle's co-chief executive Safra Catz reportedly told a San Francisco jury …
Gavin Clarke, 18 May 2016
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IBM invents printer that checks for copyrights

IBM has filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a patent on a printer that checks for copyright violations. Big Blue's application describes a device that can check print jobs for text or images that have already been copyrighted, and then delete or block the infringing content from being printed. "The …
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2016
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Cisco suggests network administration is fun and games

Cisco's trying to get into the games business. A recent trademark application for ”Cisco Geek Factor” suggests the Borg wants to brand its own “Computer game programs; computer game software for use on mobile and cellular phones.” United States Patent and Trademark Office filings are very brief: the only other information we …
Simon Sharwood, 11 May 2016
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Nexsan sues EMC in tussle over Unity name

EMC is being sued by Nexsan, which claims the storage goliath is trying to rip off its Unity trademark. EMC is also trying to force Nexsan to give up the Unity name, it's alleged. Nexsan, the renamed Imation, launched its Unity array on April 26 only to see EMC launch its own Unity, the updated VNX/VNXe product line, on May 2 …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2016
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China bans Facebook drink

Facebook has won a trademark case against a firm flogging a "face book" drink in China. Zhongshan Pearl River Drinks filed its application to label foods and beverages "face book" back in 2011. This applicant has now been told to do one for harming fair market competition. The decision was handed down by a court in Beijing, …
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Tim Cook signs SAP for iOS – SANA app pact

Apple and SAP are partnering to create native iOS apps for the enterprise firm's HANA platform. The pair plan an iOS SDK for HANA Cloud Platform, targeting those building enterprise apps on Apple’s iPhones and iPad using SAP’s platform-as-a-service. SAP will develop native apps using Swift, Apple’s two-year-old programming …
Gavin Clarke, 06 May 2016

Apple loses iPhone™

Apple has lost its trademark on the word "iPhone" in China. The decision was handed down in late April by a court in Beijing, but has only reached the Anglophone press now. The court stated that Apple was not able to prove that "iPhone" was "a famous brand" in China before the mobe's release in that country in 2009, and as …

It's World IP Day! Celebrate by making money from a dead teenager

It's World Intellectual Property day! So it's time again to think about the plight of IP lawyers, tens of thousands of whom are forced to undergo the daily indignity of people shaking their heads at them as they try to explain why everything in the world, including your own thoughts, are owned by someone else and you should pay …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Apr 2016

Thunderbird is GO: Mozilla prepares to jettison mail client

The Mozilla Foundation, which last year flagged its intention to push Thunderbird out of its nest, reckons it's identified possible new homes – including itself. In a report provided to Mozilla by Simon Phipps, the Software Freedom Conservancy and The Document Foundation are named as possible hosts for the project. Phipps …
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SAP HANA enterprise cloud might even turn a profit in 2017

SAP’s private cloud business, HANA Enterprise Cloud, will roll out of start-up mode – and stop being a loss-maker – this year. The German software giant’s private managed cloud will break even in 2017 as existing investments on features and infrastructure pay off, it said. SAP also plans new features for HEC in the next two …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2016
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VR sales to 'skyrocket'

Virtual reality headset sales will explode this year, according to IDC. Applying its trademark number-of-units-sold forecaster to the VR market for the first time, IDC reckoned 9.6 million VR hardware units will be sold in 2016, worth a total of $2.3bn – an increase of 183.8 per cent on last year. Samsung, Sony, HTC and …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Apr 2016
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.XYZ files appeal brief

A court battle between top-level domain startup .XYZ and .com operator Verisign continues, with .XYZ filing its appeal brief. Verisign sued .XYZ in 2014 alleging trademark infringement and false advertising. .XYZ had run ads comparing its new internet addresses as a modern alternative to aged and outdated .com names. Verisign …
Kieren McCarthy, 06 Apr 2016
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Microsoft smells Musk, splashes on 'Mune' space program

Microsoft has filed a preliminary trademark application for “Mune,” spearheading an Amazon and SpaceX-like private space program. The trademark is described as: “Liquid propellant-fired projectile technology for orbital location of modular data distribution components. Trademark applications are much less detailed than patent …
Team Register, 01 Apr 2016
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Microsoft cracks open Visual Studio to Linux C++ coders

BUILD2016 Microsoft’s love of Linux is extending to its flagship Visual Studio suite. Redmond has released for download an extension it has developed that lets you roll C++ code for Linux servers, desktops and devices. Visual Studio will copy and remote build source and launch the application with a debugger. There’s added support in …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Mar 2016

'No regrets' says chap who felled JavaScript's Jenga tower – as devs ask: Have we forgotten how to code?

Analysis The programmer who sparked a brief meltdown in the JavaScript world last week says he has no regrets – and that it should be a learning experience for the community. Indeed it has been: NPM, the popular package manager at the heart of last Tuesday's kerfuffle, has changed its systems to prevent another collapse of JavaScript's …
Chris Williams, 29 Mar 2016
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When Strongbox bought Strongbox: Behind the Crossroads sale

Have you heard of ETI-NET? We hadn't either, yet it counts EMC as a customer for its data protection services, has more than 2,000 product installations worldwide, and it prompted the Strongbox archival product sale by Crossroads. The sequence of events leading to the StrongBox sell-off has now become clearer. We understand …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2016
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MAME goes fully FOSS

Retro-gamers rejoice! Cautiously. The multi arcade machine emulator (MAME) is now open source. MAME makes it possible to emulate the hardware found in early arcade game cabinets. If one can also find ROMs of the games that ran on those cabinets, one can play classic arcade games. Last week, the MAME team announced that after …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Mar 2016
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Crossroads preps pesky product portfolio selloff

Crossroads has finally abandoned any pretence of being an archival systems products company any more and has signalled its product portfolio is up for sale. Its latest quarterly results showed what many would call a derisory products business, with revenues of just $1.8m and a loss of $538,000, the latest in a string of …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2016
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'VxRail' looks like EMC's next-gen hyper-converged appliance

EMC and VMware are making more noise about a hyper-converged launch this month. The Register's virtualisation desk is willing to go out on a limb and say that among the announcements will be a hardware product called VxRail. Here's our logic. EMC used its annual results call to reveal it has new hyper-converged kit on the way …
Simon Sharwood, 01 Feb 2016
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EMC Federation to reveal new hyper-hyper converged appliances

EMC, VMware and VCE will soon announce a new range of hyper-converged appliances that EMC II CEO David Goulden says are game-changers. “For the last several months EMC and VMware partnered very closely to develop a new next-generation hyper-converged appliance family that uniquely leverages technology from EMC, VMware and VCE …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2016
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Microsoft's patent tumble: A kinder, gentler IP politics? No

The fact that IBM filed more patents in 2015 than anybody is about as usual as Alexander Lukashenko sweeping to a fresh presidential term in Belarus. For a 23rd year, our glorious leader IBM has been ranked number one in the top 50 US patent assignees, with 7,355 grants. Samsung Electronics came second with 5,072 with Canon KK …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jan 2016
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Devilish flash DIMMer Diablo gets $19m and new CEO

Comment Flash DIMM developer Diablo Technologies has had a $19m funding round, got itself a new CEO, and seen off legal foe Netlist in a great start to the new year. Diablo has Memory1 flash DIMM technology which adds NAND to a server's memory space as a cheaper but slower DRAM substitute, enabling server applications to run faster, …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2016

Imation sells off the family jewels

+Comment Imation, now run by activist investor Clinton Group people, is selling the Memorex trademark – and two trademark licences associated with it – for $9.4m, while also disposing of its corporate headquarter facility in Oakdale, Minnesota, for $11.5m. "Both sales are consistent with the (our) stated restructuring, wind down …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2016

Christmas comes early at US Patent office after massive IT outage

Updated The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has suffered a “major power outage” that has led it to effectively declare and extended, early, Christmas. “A major power outage at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, occurred Wednesday, Dec. 22,” the agency reports, “resulting in damaged equipment that required …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Dec 2015

EU reforms could pave way for smells and noises to be trade-mark protected – expert

Reforms to EU trade mark laws finalised soon could open the way for non-conventional trade marks to be registered, like smells, noises and even music, an expert has said. The European Parliament backed a new directive designed to "approximate" the different national trade mark laws (70-page/538KB PDF), and a new regulation …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Dec 2015

Let's shut down the internet: Republicans vacate their mind bowels

Ever since Senator Ted Stevens famously referred to the internet as a "series of tubes" in 2006, we have became sadly accustomed to the fact that legislators have little or no understanding of how the internet actually works. Despite the determined efforts of many internet policy wonks in the past decade, that dangerous level …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Dec 2015
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Structure this: Open-source containers project unboxed

An open-source project for vendor-neutral containers has come to life. The Open Container Initiative (OCI) has been ushered into existence with the creation of a technical governance structure. Also, nine new companies have joined the group’s original founding members – Dell is among the latest signups. The new structure …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Dec 2015
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Seized: Fake EFF .org linked to hackers hitting NATO, White House PCs

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been awarded control of its namesake domain, which was being used to install malware on people's computers. The EFF used the official uniform dispute resolution process (UDRP) run by UN agency WIPO to take control of ElectronicFrontierFoundation.org – the EFF's real website is at …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Nov 2015
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Patent and trademark troll stung for £500k after fake renewal blitz

A scammer who pretended to be Britain’s Intellectual Property Office to demand money from IP holders has been fined half a million pounds. Trading as the “Intellectual Property Agency Ltd (IPA) – uncannily similar to the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) – Harri Mattias Jonasson blitzed fake patents and trademarks to …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Nov 2015
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Major Salesforce discounts. If you renew early ... and big

Salesforce is offering substantial discounts to customers who sign up early and commit to its full business suite plus services. The cloud provider is understood to be going 25 per cent over its standard volume discount in cases where customers qualified for a maximum 50 per cent off. The catch is that customers must sign up …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Nov 2015
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End in sight for wireless power standards war as field shrinks to two

ICGS The battle for wireless power supremacy is now a straight fight between two groups following the merger of the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) into the Airfuel Alliance. "AirFuel technology is the next step in fast-tracking the commercialization of wirelessly charged products," said Ron …
Iain Thomson, 03 Nov 2015

Verisign, .xyz and the ABCs of a cutthroat domain-name industry

A lawsuit against upstart internet registry .xyz has been dismissed just a few days before it was due to go to trial. The case was brought by industry giant and .com registry operator Verisign and alleged .xyz had infringed Verisign's trademark and committed false advertising. However, the lawsuit was widely seen by the …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Oct 2015
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WIPO punts Cambridge University over attempt to grab Cambridge.com

The University of Cambridge has lost an attempt to win control of the domain Cambridge.com from its owners. Kirkland Holdings LLC of Brookline Massachusetts purchased Cambridge.com for US$85,000 in 2010 and uses it to run a site called “Everything Cambridge” that offers tourist information for both the US and English cities of …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2015
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HP creates laptop for SITH LORDS

HP will soon release a special Star Wars edition laptop it says will allow you to “Unleash your inner Sith”. And no, it's not making that claim solely based on the presence of Windows 10. The machine boasts styling based on the Lucasverse and is pre-loaded with oodles of Star Wars content including “rare wallpapers, screen …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Oct 2015

Guess who owns Netflix.news and Netflix.website – clue: definitely not Netflix

Netflix has failed in its attempt to shut down two namesake domain names, in the most peculiar circumstances. The video streaming giant paid $750 to take two domains – Netflix.news and Netflix.website – through the Uniform Rapid Suspension System (URS). If successful, the domains would have been suspended for the duration of …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Oct 2015
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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

Before Steve Jobs, there was Seymour Cray – father of the supercomputer and regarded as something close to a God in the circles he moved in. Jobs’ Apple Computer is reputed to have bought one of Seymour’s massive machines back in the day: a Cray, to design the brand-new Macintosh personal computer. This would have been a …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2015
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Blood in the boardroom as Imation ejects from tape media business

Clinton Group execs in charge at struggling Imation have started restructuring the business to make it a tastier dish, discarding its tape media business, selling off property assets and starting a Nexsan array business restructuring exercise. Activist investors at the Clinton Group deposed Imation’s existing board chairman …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2015
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You want a 6% Google Tax? Get lost, German copyright bods told

After months of deliberations, Germany's national arbitration board on copyright has told German copyright collection company VG Media to go whistle over its proposal for a six per cent “Google Tax”. Although the ancillary copyright tax law does indeed apply to Google, said the board, which is part of the German Patent …
Jennifer Baker, 28 Sep 2015
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Devious Davros, tricksy Missy and Dalek Clara delight in The Witch's Familiar

TV Review Readers please note: THIS IS A POST-UK BROADCAST REVIEW – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS! Kelly says: Yeah, yeah, yeah. So it turns out Clara and Missy escape from the death-by-Dalek shocker in the first episode of this two-parter for the opening of Doctor Who, Season 9. Vortex manipulator For The Win. And the TARDIS is also intact …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2015
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Asus ZenBook UX305: With Windows 10, it suddenly makes perfect sense

What a difference a new operating system makes. Being a laptop without a touchscreen, the UX305 felt a little out of sorts when it was launched running touchy-feely Windows 8 earlier in the year. UX305_sideopen One of the best looking things it's made, according to Asus. Hard to argue. UX305 is a real beauty But now the …
Alun Taylor, 16 Sep 2015

Hollywood takes a beating in Oscar cybersquatting battle

The Oscars has lost a five-year cybersquatting lawsuit against the world's biggest domain registrar, GoDaddy. In a decision [PDF] handed down by Judge Andre Birotte in a Los Angeles district court this week, a claim by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) that GoDaddy had infringed on its trademarks by …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Sep 2015
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The internet's Middle East problem: Who is going to do something about Whois?

The issue of what to do about Whois – the registration data for domain names – has reared its ugly head yet again, as it has over and over for the past 15 years. In the latest twist, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has sent a terse note to domain overseer ICANN over its latest effort to review the Whois service and …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Sep 2015
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Velostrata gets you on yer bike to the compute cloud

Interview/Analysis Velostrata sounds like a bicycle brand. In fact, it's a compute cloud-bursting startup marrying on-premises storage with public cloud compute and has burst onto the scene from its Israeli base, apparently out of nowhere with $14m in A-round funding. We’ll get to its history later: first the technology. Velostrata claims it …
Chris Mellor, 26 Aug 2015