Trademark

EU says public likely to confuse Skype with broadcaster Sky

EU says public likely to confuse Skype with broadcaster Sky

Trademarks and patents are strange beasts. Something you've been holding on to for years in one country might suddenly be declared not yours in another place and another time. That is somewhat the case that Microsoft is facing when judges at the General Court of the European Union declared that Redmond can't apply for a trademark for Skype and its logo that will apply to the whole EU region. This is because, according to the judges, there is potential for confusion with the UK broadcasting company known simply as "Sky".

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Windows 365 trademark hints at subscription-based updates

Windows 365 trademark hints at subscription-based updates

Offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade for most Windows 7 and 8.1 owners seems like a generous move, but Microsoft might simply just be carving the path for a new way users will be getting updates in the future. Redmond has just recently filed a trademark for the "Windows 365" name and, judging by its similarities with Office 365, it could very well be a clue to Microsoft's plans to make Windows updates a subscription-based fare in the future, instead of a one time fee per version.

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Chevrolet CrossVolt resparks hybrid crossover chatter

Chevrolet CrossVolt resparks hybrid crossover chatter

Chevrolet may be busy preparing the new 2016 Volt for its debut in Detroit in just a few weeks time, but the rumor mill is heaving with the renewed possibility of a companion hybrid crossover, the CrossVolt. GM's lawyers have been busy renewing the CrossVolt trademark at the USPTO, sparking again the chatter of a meatier model to use the Voltec powertrain freshly developed for its revamped hybrid. With almost five years under its belt since it revealed the Chevrolet Volt MPV5 concept shown here, however, GM's strategy for expanding on hybrids and EVs still isn't clear.

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LG G Pen trademark leaks smart Note-taking future

LG G Pen trademark leaks smart Note-taking future

Samsung does it, NVIDIA does it, and LG does it - they use stylus pens in their smart devices. Back with the LG G3 Stylus we saw a relatively run-of-the-mill stick embedded in the modified G3. Back with the LG Intuition we had an even bleaker preposition - a stylus without a holder. Now it might be time LG upped their game, ready for a new generation of smart stylus power prepared to work with any device - not just embedded in one smartphone.

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Apple denied App Store trademark in Australia

Apple denied App Store trademark in Australia

Apple has been fighting to trademark the App Store name in Australia for a while now. The electronics firm lost the original case to trademark App Store last March and Apple filed an appeal with the court. Apple has now lost that appeal in Australia as the Register of Trade Marks in that country has denied Apple again.

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Apple patents touch panels for solar-powered iPhone future

Apple patents touch panels for solar-powered iPhone future

The newest in an incredibly vast collection of patents filed for and held by Apple is an update to a previously held patent for solar panels. These solar panels were previously filed for patent to include touch-friendly pieces of equipment, but not displays as such. In this update, Apple’s newest next-generation ware may very well be the solar-powered iPhone.

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King settles trademark legal spat with CandySwipe and Banner Saga

King settles trademark legal spat with CandySwipe and Banner Saga

Candy Crush Saga is one of the most popular mobile games ever; On the last count, the game had been played more than 150 billion times and had 500 million users downloading it. Needless to say, the "Candy" trademark granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office caused a lot of flurry in the marketplace, making King to rethink of their strategy. For now, King have resolved their differences with two developers of The Banner Saga and CandySwipe.

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Overwatch tipped as Blizzard’s next multiplayer gaming title

Overwatch tipped as Blizzard’s next multiplayer gaming title

As of December, 2013, Blizzard was publicly in search of a Lead Producer of what was described as the company’s "next awesome game." It was Blizzard director Michael Booth that let it be known that the company was in search of a team that would take command on an "unannounced game title." "We can’t tell you exactly what the game is yet," these listings said, "but trust us, it’s awesome."

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