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‘Bolt’ CEO Kindly Asks Facebook to Not Take Their Name

‘Bolt’ CEO Kindly Asks Facebook to Not Take Their Name

By Josh Wolford July 29, 2014

You may have heard that the Facebook-owned Instagram is possibly launching a Snapchat competitor – a one-tap photo messaging app likely called Bolt. I know there’s a lot of doubt built into that sentence, and that’s because the evidence for …

“FUS RO DAH” Trademarked by ZeniMax Media “FUS RO DAH” Trademarked by ZeniMax Media

We all know, or should know, the pleasure of FUS RO DAH-ing a frost troll off High Hrothgar. Now ZeniMax Media is trademarking the famous dragon shout. In several trademark applications filed on April 4th ZeniMax Media, Inc., the parent …

Test Your Company’s Intellectual Property Awareness Test Your Company’s Intellectual Property Awareness

A new online tool can help small companies and entrepreneurs evaluate their awareness of intellectual property and learn how to protect it. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark …

Judges Say No To “CrackBerry”! Judges Say No To “CrackBerry”!
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Some Good news for BlackBerry branded product makers Research in Motion (RIM), the Trademark and trial appeal board has ruled that a gadget site cannot trademark the name, “CrackBerry”. Apparently, RIM requested that the trademark not be granted after the …

Chinese Court Says No To iPad Sales Chinese Court Says No To iPad Sales

Apple’s legal battle with Proview over the iPad patent got a little more troubling for the company today as a lower Chinese court ruled that stores in China should stop selling iPads. While this ruling may only affect the Guangdong …

Porn Company Vivid Threatens Legal Action Over HTC’s New Smartphone Porn Company Vivid Threatens Legal Action Over HTC’s New Smartphone
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The brand new HTC Vivid smartphone boasts a dual-core processor, a 4.5 inch super LCD display and 4G LTE. And according to a high-profile porn producer, it’s a trademark violation. Vivid Entertainment Group, the U.S. porn studio that brought you …

Twitter Will Finally Own The Word “Tweet” Twitter Will Finally Own The Word “Tweet”
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Did you know that as of right now, Twitter doesn’t have the trademark for the word “tweet?” That’s all about to change, however, as the social media service is about to secure the trademark from its current owner – Twittad. …

Google Fends Off Android Trademark Suit
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While a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, Google will not have to see if the same concept applies in the case of its mobile operating system.  A judge has thrown out an Android trademark lawsuit and given Google the right to continue using the word "android."

Facebook Tries To Own “Face” And “Book”
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As you may have read, Facebook is suing Teachbook for using the word "book" and being a competitor. To put it in Facebook’s exact words, the company’s Director of Policy Communications, Barry Schnitt, tells WebProNews:

Bidding On Keywords Related To Trademarks
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Bidding on keywords that are related to brands that are trademarked is a legally murky issue when it comes to infringement.

(Coverage of the SMX Eastconference will continue at WebProNews Videos.  Keep an eye on WebProNews for more notes and videos from the event this week.)

Does Microsoft Have Walls After All?
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Microsoft is just not having much luck with the publicity of their latest $300 million ad campaign. I’m sure you are well aware of the Seinfeld fiasco. In case you’re not, Microsoft kicked off this huge campaign with a pair of long and drawn out ads featuring Bill Gates and comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

Will Dell Remove Its Head from the Cloud?
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Dell thought they could take the phrase "cloud computing" and keep it for themselves. It appears (for the time being at least) that they will have no such luck.

The company filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to trademark the term, but its request has ultimately been denied because it has been established as a generic term.

AdWords UK Trademark Changes Not Disastrous
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It seemed as if all manner of chaos and sniping would reign after Google began to allow companies to bid on each other’s trademarks in the UK.  New Hitwise stats indicate that traffic patterns changed have very little, though.

American Airlines Suit Against Google Stands

Google wanted a lawsuit by American Airlines over the search engine’s advertising practices dismissed, but a federal judge denied the motion.

SES – Copyright and Trademarks
Search marketers will almost certainly run into copyright or trademark issues at some point in their careers. This session covers law fundamentals you should know, as well as common tips and tactics you may need to use relating to how these issues apply to free and paid listings.

Utah Law Bans Competitor Keyword Bids

The Utah State Legislature has passed a Trademark Protection Act that creates a new type of mark called an electronic registration mark; it probably will not survive a Constitutional test according to the state’s own general counsel.

Keyword Advertising In The Clear

The issue of using trademarks in keyword advertising has been resolved (at least for now). According to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, “you may use trademarks when buying search ads. Just don’t use the names in actual ads that consumers will see.”