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Report: Twitter and Twittad 'Tweet' Trademark Settlement

11:09 am on Oct 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Report: Twitter and Twittad 'Tweet' Trademark Settlement [blogs.wsj.com]
Twitter is closer to having dominion over the word “tweet.”

On Monday, James Eliason, CEO of Twittad, said in an interview that Twitter would drop a lawsuit it filed against his company last month that sought to nix Twittad’s registered trademark of the word “tweet.” In return, Des Moines-based Twittad would transfer its registered trademark of “tweet” to Twitter, he said.

Eliason declined to say whether Twitter paid Twittad, citing a confidentiality agreement between the companies.

“We’ve arrived at a resolution with Twittad that recognizes consistent use of Tweet while supporting the continued success of Twitter ecosystem partners like Twittad,” Twitter spokeswoman Lynn Fox said in a statement.

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Twitter Aims to Claim 'Tweet' Trademark [webmasterworld.com]
12:38 pm on Oct 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Line them all up against the wall, and don't even offer them blindfolds or cigarettes. And that includes every judge and US Trademark clerk who is enough of a d#$che to allow the word "Tweet" to be copy-righted, seeing as it's been a part of the English Language for several hundred years.

10:17 pm on Oct 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Can we file a lawsuit on behalf of birds everywhere?

Wait, birds have no money and money was definitely behind this agreement (in both settlement and intent).

Judges should know better
6:43 am on Oct 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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You're right, the word having been used in Englsih means that it can't be trademarked.

Except that's not right at all, is it.
5:53 pm on Oct 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

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This gets Twitter a big negative in my book. Tired of corporate landgrab lawsuits -- I hope James Eliason gets $10 Million... and after he does, I will use the word TWEET, TWEETER, TWEETING any way I want.

Aside from listening to birds "tweet", hearing people [mainly female] say "Oops, sorry, I just tweeted" as an expression meaning passing gas, cutting cheese, barking spiders, and other euphemisms for flatulence, and all the other linguistic uses of the word TWEET only a moron at the USPTO would give a trademark for the word... but we all know that particular govt. agency is full of twits who don't understand the meaning and implications of "prior use" and "public domain" as defined in their own agency's guidelines.

Tweeter Etc., (which became "Tweeter Home Entertainment Group, Inc."), and is now a bankrupt audio company, (SEDO has [tweeter.com...] for sale).

Tweety Bird -- a Warner Bros. cartoon character -- obviously Warner should be suing Twitter for copyright infringement -- especially since they use the word "Tweet" and a little bird for a logo...

Tweet (born Charlene Keys, January 21, 1972), an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter.

T-37 Tweet - Cessna trainer aircraft

Little Tweet ( [littletweet.com...] ) - Parrotlet Breeders, (domain registered in 2004), and there are thousands of other websites and references having to do with "tweet".

...and lets not forget all the children with lisps who, on Halloween, are going TWICK or TWEETING.

I can just see the headline: