Demaestro - 10:45 pm on Nov 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
Now it'll be illegal if I register facewhateverproduct.com and start offering 'whateverproduct' on that website, just because, as you pointed out, they might decide to offer the 'whateverproduct' in the future as well?!
Clearly you hold your position because you don't understand what you are talking about and you think this is something it isn't.
The passage I quoted is entirely incorrect. First it won't be illegal, it would be trademark infringement. Second it wouldn't even be trademark infringement. Selling products and offering Social Media services are not the same thing.
Apple tried the same crap when they started selling music and were in violation of Apple Record's trademark, despite promising in a settlement that they wouldn't ever sell music.... they tried saying that it wasn't a music service that they was just selling digital files. They got laughed out of court.
Like I said go make a website called AppleFace . com and sell dried out apples that look like old people faces and no matter what you think Apple nor Facebook will ever have a trademark infringement case against you... EVER, if even they go into the online dried apple business you would have already established your brand and they would have no claim, in fact you may even have a claim against them if they used face to brand their apples.
However, this is not what trademarks are about! You can not (or should not be allowed to) trademark a generic word in relation with a completely undefined future product or service of unknown online usage!
This is the only thing you got right.... and the trademark granted to facebook isn't about that either. They don't have an exclusive right to any future product offered online containing the word "face".... Where did you see that they do?
Maybe you and the rest of the reactionaries interpret this trademark like that but I promise you the law doesn't see it that way.