homepage Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.242.229.174
register, free tools, login, search, pro membership, help, library, announcements, recent posts, open posts,
Become a Pro Member

Home / Forums Index / Social Media / Twitter
Forum Library, Charter, Moderators: not2easy & rumbas

Twitter Forum

    
Twitter Aims to Claim 'Tweet' Trademark
engine




msg:4361387
 1:52 pm on Sep 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

Twitter Aims to Claim 'Tweet' Trademark [guardian.co.uk]
Twitter's increasingly protective commercial strategy of gaining control of the third-party app-osphere starts looking a little wobbly when it comes to trademarks, registration 3699994 being the latest case in point.

Twitter was apparently a little late to file for various obvious trademarks the word "tweet" being one. The firm Twittad originally filed for "tweet" as part of its strapline "let your ad meet tweets" in July 2008, but Twitter has moved to sue the firm and attempt to have its trademark registration cancelled.

"The defendant's registration unfairly exploits the widespread association by the consuming public of the market 'tweet' with Twitter and threatens to block Twitter from its registration and legitimate uses of its own mark," details the legal filing.

The filing goes on to explain, rather quaintly, that prior to Twitter, "the 'tweet' mark was not generally known to the consuming public beyond its dictionary meaning relating to birdsong, and had no association with web-based social networking and communications services."


 

PublishorPerish




msg:4361640
 10:19 pm on Sep 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

This is insane...

wheel




msg:4361645
 10:38 pm on Sep 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

Someone else had the trademark. Not that that matters, twitter wants it.

I gotta believe the trademark owner is going to counter with a suit against twitter claiming trademark infringement.

bill




msg:4361689
 2:11 am on Sep 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

Leo Laporte has the trademark to "twit". This ad company has "tweet". These guys at Twitter were a bit late to the game with these trademarks and now they have to play this legal game.

koan




msg:4361701
 4:07 am on Sep 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

Someone else had the trademark.


If it's like patents, maybe they're trying to register these trademarks mainly to counter other companies from doing so.

Global Options:
 top home search open messages active posts  
 

Home / Forums Index / Social Media / Twitter
rss feed

All trademarks and copyrights held by respective owners. Member comments are owned by the poster.
Home ¦ Free Tools ¦ Terms of Service ¦ Privacy Policy ¦ Report Problem ¦ About ¦ Library ¦ Newsletter
WebmasterWorld is a Developer Shed Community owned by Jim Boykin.
© Webmaster World 1996-2014 all rights reserved