Dell cannot register "cloud computing" as a trademark because the term is a generic one describing services offered by many companies, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has said in an initial ruling.
In denying Dell's application, the USPTO included dozens of news stories and other material supporting its contention that cloud computing is a widely-used term of art for the technology industry.
If Dell were allowed to trademark the term it could send dozens of other vendors scrambling to find an alternative buzzword to describe their services and avoid messy lawsuits. IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Yahoo and Google all have employed the term cloud computing to promote their services.
Msg#: 3725656 posted 6:14 pm on Aug 18, 2008 (gmt 0)
I am surprised. There must still be real people working in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. I thought they had replaced them with machines that automatically approve every trademark and patent application.