Articles about Trademarks

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

Google is planning to roll out an update to the Safe Browsing feature of its Chrome web browser that will alert users to a new category of suspicious downloads: ones that look like they're installing helpful software but could also include additional, unexpected payloads. Safe Browsing already issues alerts to known malware …
Neil McAllister, 15 Aug 2014
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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

Microsoft is attempting to trademark the phrase “Microsoft Mod” in a move being interpreted as step towards renaming the Windows 8/8.1 interface. The software giant in December lodged a wordmark filing with the US Patent and Trademark office (USPTO) to claim “Microsoft Mod” and “Microsoft Office Mod.” The filings were uncovered …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Jan 2014
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Murdoch's BSkyB stares down Microsoft: Redmond renames SkyDrive to OneDrive

After six months of deliberation, Microsoft has announced the new name for its trademark-disputed SkyDrive cloud storage service: OneDrive. The SkyDrive brand, which has been a cornerstone of Microsoft's latest Windows marketing, was called into dispute in 2011 when British Sky Broadcasting Group – the European satellite …
Neil McAllister, 27 Jan 2014
Rotten apple

Kiwi inventor's court win rains on Apple's parade

New Zealand inventor Hayden Crowther has done something Samsung hasn't been able to achieve: comprehensively smack down Apple in court. Apple's beef with Kiwi Crowther centres on the waterproof phone cases he markets under the name “driPhone”. Crowther tried to trademark that name, but Cupertino took exception claiming it “would …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2013

Man trademarks ;-) emoticon

A Russian businessman has trademarked the combination of semicolon, dash and bracket that make up a winking face 'emoticon' in texts and emails. Oleg Teterin, President of mobile advertising company Superfone, doesn’t intend to stop the average Joe from using the linguistic emotion without his permission. But he will send legal …
James Sherwood, 12 Dec 2008
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Google facing $5 BEEELLION antitrust fine in India

Google may be in the midst of securing a deal on its long-running search dispute with the European Union, but it’s still facing a possible $US5bn (£3bn) fine from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) over allegations it has abused its market leading position in the internet search space. Local laws state that the CCI can …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Mar 2014
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Judge: Facebook must see Timelines Inc in court over trademark

Facebook has failed to convince a judge to toss out a trademark infringement lawsuit regarding the free content ad platform's use of the term "Timeline". Timelines Inc, which created a website in 2009 that records and shares historic events, flung a sueball at Facebook in late 2011 when it alleged that Mark Zuckerberg's company …
Kelly Fiveash, 02 Apr 2013

SkyDrive is dead! All hail Microsoft OneDrive! Happy now, Uncle Rupe?

Microsoft has completed the transition of its SkyDrive cloud storage service to its new branding, henceforth to be known as OneDrive. Beginning on Wednesday, users who navigate to the URL of the former SkyDrive website are redirected to the newly rebadged OneDrive site. The new site has a user interface that's virtually …
Neil McAllister, 20 Feb 2014
Oracle Linux

Attack of the clones: Oracle's latest Red Hat Linux lookalike arrives

For each new Red Hat Enterprise Linux release, a new version of Oracle Linux is never far behind, and RHEL 7 is no exception. Red Hat shipped its latest version in June, bringing such features as support for Linux Containers, XFS as the default file system, improved integration with Microsoft Active Directory domains, and more …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2014
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Twitter blew $36m on patents to avoid death by lethal injunction

Twitter spent about $36m buying nearly 1,000 patents from IBM to avoid a perilous legal fight, official paperwork has revealed. The micro-blogging site's annual 10-K filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) includes a note about the patent acquisition, which was part of a $38.5m expense the company logged as " …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Mar 2014
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New AMD trademarks bubble to surface

AMD has registered two new trademarks with the US Patent and Trademark Office. The first is called GigaMAC, serial number 75-673052, and is a stylised illustration. It's unclear from the registration form what GigaMAC refers to. The company already has a trademark for GigaNIC. The second trademark, serial number 75-669302, is …
Mike Magee, 21 Jul 1999
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Harley allows Apple to use 'Lightning' brand on 'playthings'

Apple has acquired the trademark "Lightning" from motorbike makers Harley Davidson, but only for use on a limited set of goods and services, a European trademark filing has revealed. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Apple was granted two European registrations for the "Lightning" trademark last week. The …
Anna Leach, 27 Nov 2012
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Winklevoss Twins' Bitcoin index provokes angry wails from rival

A Blighty-based Bitcoin bod has claimed the Winklevoss twins' cryptocurrency stock ticker has "taken influence" from his own open source service. The Zucker-baiters launched a website called Winkdex last week, which uses a patent-pending mathematical to formula to track the price of Bitcoin on several different exchanges. …
Jasper Hamill, 26 Feb 2014
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Swedish linguists nix new word after row with Google

The Swedish Language Council, a semi-official body aimed at regulating and advancing the Swedish language, has withdrawn a word from its annual list of neologisms for the first time in its history. Why? Pressure from Google. As Swedish newspaper The Local reports, each December the Council publishes a list of words that have …
Neil McAllister, 26 Mar 2013
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'You win, Kanye': Coinye creators throw in towel after rapper sues

The short and turbulent life of Coinye, the digital cryptocurrency named after rapper Kanye West, has come to an end. The virtual currency, which launched earlier this month under the name Coinye West, has closed up shop, apparently as a result of legal pressure from the vainglorious rapper. "We're really not sure how Kanye is …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jan 2014

ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

The UK's biggest ISPs must block websites that flog knock-off goods, after a successful High Court case brought by luxury goods firm Richemonte, the first time trademark pirates have been blocked in the EU. Richemonte, Swiss-based holding company for brands including Cartier (watches), Alfred Dunhill, and Montblanc wanted six …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Oct 2014
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AMD trademarks own name

In what appears to be a colossal oversight, AMD has only just registered the words Advanced Micro Devices as a trademark. The application for the trademark was taken out on the 12th of March last. Just think what hay others might have made out of the oversight. Other trademarks recently registered include GigaNIC. So we'd better …
Mike Magee, 28 May 1999
Candy Crush Saga

Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

Independent game-makers are hoping to inundate Apple's App Store with "candy" games in a demonstration against Candy Crush Saga-maker King for its trademark of the word CANDY. In a rather pointed protest, the developers have launched a game jam to try to get as many app-makers as possible to come up with games using candy, with …

Netherlands Supremes squash iPad design patent

If even the ordinary man in the street can tell the difference between an Apple iPad and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, then Samsung hasn't infringed on Apple's design rights, according to a court in The Netherlands. It's not a killer blow in the international patent war-of-running-skirmishes between the two companies: this decision …

Apple launches global 'iWatch' trademark blitz

Reports are popping up all over the intertubes about countries in which Apple has filed for a trademark on the term "iWatch". As The Reg mused on Monday when we reported that Apple had filed for such a trademark in Japan after filing in Russia last month, it's possible that Apple is protecting "iWatch" merely as a defensive move …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Jul 2013
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Law firm argues links to its website abuse its trademarks

One of the world's biggest law firms is suing a small Chicago-based website for naming the firm and linking to two of its associates' biographies. A judge rejected an attempt to have the case thrown out last week. Jones Day, a firm with more than 2,200 lawyers, argues that is giving a false impression that the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Nov 2008
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iPhone trademarks: the real issues

Analysis Apple's iPhone announcement and Cisco's iPhone trademark lawsuit has brought the iPhone moniker into the spotlight. But other companies also own and use iPhone trademarks, and market and sell their iPhone products. Mark Rasch explains how US trademark law works and the real issues at play in this highly publicised trademark …
Mark Rasch, 24 Jan 2007
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Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

Apple is attempting to gain a trademark on the word "startup", and may gain exclusive use of the word in Australia next week. Apple has also applied for a trademark on "startup" in the USA, but the Australian application offers lots more detail. The Australian page, hosted by the nation's overseer of patents and trademarks IP …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2013
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AMD finally trademarks Athlon and own name

Chip company AMD has finally managed to trademark its most important intellectual property, its own name. At the same time, it has taken steps to trademark the name Athlon. Earlier this year, we revealed that AMD had somehow forgotten to take this step, and so it has moved fast to protect its rights. The trademark AMD, according …
Adamson Rust, 18 Nov 1999

Melb IT tells ICANN to clear up its clearinghouse act

ICANN’s trademark clearinghouse guidelines for the introduction of gTLDs have been slammed by one of Australia’s largest domain registrars, Melbourne IT. Melbourne IT has warned that high profile trademark holders will be vulnerable to attack from cyber squatters and counterfeiters unless policy is swiftly changed. In a new …
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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

UK police and government officials are considering a plan to block the sale of small mobile phones designed to look like car key fobs after confiscating an increasing number of the mini-mobes from prisoners. Car key fob phone Phone too popular with prisoners "A range of techniques – including body orifice security scanners …
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2013

VMware sells WaveMaker to Pramati

VMware has got rid of WaveMaker, an open source tool that helps casual developers build Java apps, after spending two years trying to develop the technology The deal sees Java-specialist Pramati acquire "certain assets" of WaveMaker, according to a statement issued by the company. These assets include WaveMaker's core …
Jack Clark, 01 May 2013
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Playmate wins right to use Playboy trademarks in her metas

Ex-Playboy Playmate of the Year Terri Welles has won the right to describe herself as such on her Web site -- and not only on the site's front end, but in the hidden code that describes the pages' content to search engines and the like. Playboy Enterprises, owner of the Playboy and Playboy Playmate of the Year trademarks …
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 1999

Apple surrenders in 'app store' trademark suit against Amazon

After battling it out in the courts for more than two years, Apple has dropped its lawsuit against Amazon over the e-commerce giant's use of the term "app store", claiming legal measures are no longer necessary. "We no longer see a need to pursue our case," Apple spokeswoman Kristin Huguet told Reuters on Tuesday. "With more …
Neil McAllister, 09 Jul 2013

IBM menaces Twitter IPO with patent infringement BOMBSHELL

In the same SEC filing in which Twitter announced that it will boost its IPO share-price range to $23 to $25, up from $17 to $20, it also revealed a bit of news that may worry potential investors: a patent contretemps launched by IBM. "We recently received a letter from International Business Machines Corporation, or IBM, …
Rik Myslewski, 04 Nov 2013

Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

Analysis That so-called Macaca nigra monkey selfie isn’t in the public domain, no matter what Wikipedia wants you to think. In fact, the encyclopedia's stance on the matter could backfire and hit it in the pocket. A photo sold by British snapper David Slater since 2011 hit the headlines again this month when Wikipedia refused to …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Aug 2014
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US taxman joins UK politicoes on hunt for Amazon cash

Amazon is fighting the US taxmen over a $234m unpaid bill. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) told the online superstore in November that it owed taxes in 2005 and 2006, and also challenging its tax deductions, according to a court filing seen by Reuters. But Amazon has countered that the IRS is overestimating how much its " …
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Apple slams hard-up Proview for conning the courts

Apple has decided to up the ante on trademark dispute foe and failed Asian monitor vendor Proview, accusing the firm of misleading the courts and of trying to milk the iPad maker for more money in order to pay off its creditors. The two have been locked in a long running legal battle over who owns the IPAD trademark in China. …
Phil Muncaster, 14 Mar 2012
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Chinese toothpaste biz wants £50k from Apple over 'Snow Leopard'

Apple may have finally settled its long-running IPAD beef with Proview, but the shiny toy maker is heading for yet another trademark showdown with a Chinese firm, this time over the Snow Leopard name. Jiangsu Snow Leopard Household Chemical, apparently a company with fingers in many pies, is claiming to have registered 42 …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Jul 2012

UK Supremes back Oracle against reseller who brought Sun kit to EU

Oracle has won a UK Supreme Court ruling in its long-running battle with dealer M-Tech Data that upholds the database-maker's right to be the first to bring its gear to EU markets. The case was originally brought by Sun Microsystems, which sued M-Tech in 2009 for importing Sun drives into the EU after Sun had only sold them in …
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Dell explores wearable computing as PC base crumbles

With PC sales falling and the battle over ownership of Dell still raging, the company is "exploring ideas" in the hot, hip, happening wearable computing field as a possible way forward. "There are challenges in cost, and how to make it a really good experience," Sam Burd, Dell's global VP of personal computing, told The Guardian …
Iain Thomson, 05 Jul 2013
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BitTorrent sues for trademarks

BitTorrent - which usually finds itself reading lawyers' letters rather than writing them - is going to start taking legal action rather than just being its subject. The company will set the lawyers on anyone using the BitTorrent name, and trademark, if they are using it to distribute spyware or adware. BitTorrent users are …
John Oates, 07 Feb 2006
Satya Nadella

Women in tech: Not asking for raises is your 'superpower' – Nadella. *chirp*...*chirp*

QuoTW This was the week when Microsoft hit the news in a big way – and none of it very good. First, we discovered that things had gotten so bad between former Microsoft bosses Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer that they don’t even speak to each other anymore. It seems that Ballmer wanted to hang on in the top spot at Redmond until 2017, …
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REVEALED: Everything Everywhere new 4G logo ... a SNAIL?

Everything Everywhere has chosen a surprising design to accompany the launch of its 4G next-gen mobile broadband in Britain, we've discovered. Ten trademarks were registered with the Intellectual Property Office on 29 May, and have now emerged: the ten include the phrases "4G Every", "4G Everywhere", "4G Everything Everywhere" …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Aug 2012
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Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row

UK webhosting outfit Veber has called the police after fending off abuse in the wake of its attempt to trademark "python" in Europe. The small biz said it came under fire from fans of the popular Python programming language. The firestorm appeared to have been ignited by a Python Software Foundation (PSF) blog post on 14 …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Feb 2013
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Chinese man trademarks Zidane headbutt

A Chinese entrepreneur has registered an image of French captain Zinedine Zidane headbutting Italian defender Marco Materazzi in last month's World Cup final as a trademark for clothing, shoes, hats and beer products, according to reports. Zhao Xiaokai hopes to sell the mark for US$125,000, reports Chinese news site Xinhua …
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Aug 2006
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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

Comment Google's success in "assassinating" a democratically-elected legal opponent last week raises troubling questions about corporate power and accountability. The feisty attorney for the USA's poorest state is now trying to make peace, after being on the receiving end of a highly unusual lawsuit from Google. Even if you will have no …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Dec 2014
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Mozilla accuses Gamma of dressing up dictators' spyware as Firefox

Firefox-maker Mozilla claims spook supplier Gamma International disguises its spyware as the popular web browser - and wants it to stop. The non-profit software foundation slapped a cease-and-desist demand on UK-based FinFisher developer Gamma. In the legal letter, Mozilla said its Firefox trademark is being violated and that …
Gavin Clarke, 01 May 2013
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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

British company Games Workshop, well known for producing tabletop wargames and other products set in various fantasy universes, has claimed that it owns the idea of future space marines and that nobody can write books featuring astro-bootnecks* without its consent. Last December the company succeeded in getting the novel Spots …
Lewis Page, 07 Feb 2013

Big Apple fake Apple stores agree to rat out suppliers

A New York gadget shop called Apple Story has agreed to change its name, hand over any counterfeit stock bearing Apple logos or slogans, and name its dodgy suppliers as part of a court settlement with the fruity tech giant. Apple Story and another store, Fun Zone, were taken to court last July by Apple for trademark infringement …
Anna Leach, 16 Sep 2011
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Compaq trademarks letter Q

Sources close to Compa*'s plans tell us that the computer company has taken out a trademark on the 16th letter of the alphabet, which we dare not use here in case we breach its copyright. When Intel attempted the same with the letter i a few years ago, it did not succeed in its ambitions. Compa*'s decision might be a blow to all …
Mike Magee, 16 May 1999
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Apple finally grabs – after just 16 years

Apple has finally taken control of the internet domain name, which has been in third-party hands since at least 1996. The change of ownership, which appears to have occurred on 6 July, means visitors to the URL are now bounced to the UK version of the official Apple website at Previously, the domain was …
Kevin Murphy, 19 Jul 2012
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Apache devs: 'We'll ship no OpenOffice before its time'

Even as the open source LibreOffice productivity suite readies its next major release, the competing Apache OpenOffice project says not to expect it to ship a new version until it's good and ready. "On the Apache OpenOffice project we are mainly volunteers, dedicating free time to the project, and that time varies according to …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jun 2013
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UK brings in small-claims court for intellectual property

Small-biz bosses in England and Wales will find it easier and cheaper to protect their intellectual property from today. That's the promise by Blighty's business minister Michael Fallon, who yesterday launched a new way to use the Patents County Court (PCC) to settle small claims of up to £5,000 without getting expensive …
Anna Leach, 02 Oct 2012
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2,000 dot-word bids rocket ICANN onto $350m cash pile

The upcoming expansion of the internet's domain name system could see more than 2,000 new top-level domains come into existence, according to policy overseer ICANN. The organisation revealed at the weekend that it has received 2,091 applications for its controversial new gTLD programme, and could see up to 214 more before it …
Kevin Murphy, 08 May 2012