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Author Weird Jim     Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list
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Thu Mar-29-12 12:39 AMby Weird Jim

The problem is that some people are very creative with their ability to latch onto trademarks. If you created a name with book in it that could even be foolishly mistaken by somebody for Facebook, and Facebook left that unchallenged, this would then create a sort of legal precedent if somebody was deliberately trying to latch onto Facebook's name. They could claim, perhaps, that Facebook has ignored trespass in the past and is singling them out because of their success.

There was a case of Starbuck's challenge to a native North American outfit starting up a coffee shop on Haida Gwai (previously known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) of the West Coast of Canada. A quite isolated spot. They called it Haidabuck's. No stretch of imagination would have had people thinking they were going into a Starbuck's, but SB's could not allow this without challenge. (Sorry! I never heard the outcome of the case.)

We had one time a case, here in Vancouver, where a hambuger drive in had a big ambiguous looking sign calling itself Mr.Donald's and that's the sort of thing they problably want to stop.

At least, that's the way I see it. Stop worrying people. See you all in court.

Weird Jim

"Good reading is the only test of good writing"
Robertson Davies. A voice from the attic 1960

  

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Facebook asserts trademark on the word Book [View all] , David Bridger, Sun Mar-25-12 05:27 AM
  RE: Facebook asserts trademark on the word Book, Erin_M_H, Mar 25th 2012, #1
RE: Facebook asserts trademark on the word Book, David Bridger, Mar 25th 2012, #2
      RE: Facebook asserts trademark on the word Book, Erin_M_H, Mar 25th 2012, #3
           RE: Facebook asserts trademark on the word Book, David Bridger, Mar 25th 2012, #4
           RE: Facebook asserts trademark on the word Book, Wandering Author, Mar 25th 2012, #5
RE: Facebook asserts trademark on the word Book, zette, Mar 25th 2012, #6
RE: Facebook asserts trademark on the word Book, Wandering Author, Mar 27th 2012, #10
RE: Facebook asserts trademark on the word Book, KatsInCommand, Mar 25th 2012, #7
RE: Facebook asserts trademark on the word Book, zette, Mar 27th 2012, #9
      RE: Facebook asserts trademark on the word Book, Weird Jim, Mar 29th 2012 #11
      RE: Facebook asserts trademark on the word Book, CatrinP, Mar 29th 2012, #13
      RE: Facebook asserts trademark on the word Book, Weird Jim, Mar 29th 2012, #12
Bye bye, Facebook, David Bridger, Mar 27th 2012, #8
RE: Bye bye, Facebook, godpantsminus, Apr 21st 2012, #14

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