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Posted: Sep 3rd 2008 3:37AM (Unverified) said

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HAHAhahaha

That's a great idea... let's choose some other product names (or commonly used acronyms) and combine them with another oft used noun and then sue people. I bags MSOFFICE hehehehe.

Actually if I were he i'd register SLARTIBARDFAST and sue the late Douglas Adams.... oh and the BBC and Touchstone pictures of course... and their local distributor... for conspiracy to make me cry.

This is IP law gone mad.

Posted: Sep 3rd 2008 4:10AM (Unverified) said

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Interesting way to run a publicity campaign.

Posted: Sep 3rd 2008 5:20AM Joystiq Login Bugs SUCK said

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More interesting is how he, with a registered trademark, is asked by LauraP Linden for LL with an unregistered trademark to abandon it.

The veiled threat was there "We will stop you logging in until you do"

Posted: Sep 3rd 2008 5:34AM (Unverified) said

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Maybe he can also get SLasshole trademark and stick it proudly over his face. There is a huge difference between protecting one's IP and using an opportunity to steal commonly used word and attempting to grab money out of it.

Posted: Sep 3rd 2008 5:39AM (Unverified) said

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Did you perchance see the Lab's filing for trademarks on the words "Second" and "Grid"?
Or Linden's legal people suggesting that he could not control nominative use of the mark (he wasn't attempting to insofar as I was able to see), though the Lab themselves have sought to control nominative use of their own. That's a bit of a double-standards ouchie.
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Posted: Sep 3rd 2008 7:30AM (Unverified) said

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Keep in mind that defending a mark is just as important, maybe more important than actually getting one in the first place. There's the whole issue of "prior use" and just because you manage to "get" a mark doesn't immediately translate to "I can prosecute and profit" from my mark. If LL had the granted mark in use, in the areas covered by the approved mark's application, prior to the application for the mark, the mark may actually be invalid and reversed. It happens all the time. We'll have to watch and see how this plays out. LL may indeed be infringing. On the other hand, Minsky may have over-played his hand and end up losing in the long run.

Posted: Sep 3rd 2008 12:32PM (Unverified) said

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When we get nonsense like this it's no surprise that folk file for nonsense trademarks. Most large(ish) companies will hit a suit like this sooner or later, and having a mark filed and rejected is a reasonable defense. If a company with a perceived "moral right" to a name can't get it it's absurd that a company with lesser rights can.

Most companies simply hang onto their trademark and don't do anything with it. When opportunistic suits come into play like this it shows the absurdity of current IP laws.

Then again IP law allows us to patent business processes, or as Microsoft has a habit of doing, software processes which are already integrated into competing products (proving that prior art assertions are broken on application.)

Rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb; that's the most sensible thing I can say about this kind of absurd litigation.

Posted: Sep 3rd 2008 12:58PM (Unverified) said

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It was said to me today that "This is like an intellectual property cock-fight. It doesn't really matter who wins, both sides end up looking like cocks."
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Posted: Sep 6th 2008 3:18AM (Unverified) said

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talking about Microsoft and patents, does any of you know if Microsoft managed to get their patent for the double-click approved?

Posted: Sep 7th 2008 3:27AM (Unverified) said

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Doubleclick? I thought they are aiming for PgUp and PgDown keys.

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