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2-24-2012 @ 10:10AM
This is just so completely disgusting to me I can hardly form an opinion. I've seen a lot of reaction that Blizzard can't own DoTA the same way Apple can't own Angry Birds, but although I haven't seen Blizzard's entire brief I think anything that can point out the absolute ludicrousness of Valve's claim is a valid and good and legitimate thing for these corporate lawyers to be doing with their time (for a change). To me, this is like a guy that used to be the head of some MP3 player team in 1999 is now working for someone who, years after the iPod has risen to market dominance, tries to trademark "MP3 Player." It's just awful, and the fact that lawyers are even able to write these briefs coherently points to a serious flaw in our intellectual property regime as it relates to the modern world.
2-24-2012 @ 11:08AM
brb, checking if "fire" and "wheel" are already trademarked.
2-24-2012 @ 11:28AM
@NathanyelYou most likely can trademark "Fire" and "Wheel". For specific uses not directly related to their generic meanings. Say, you might trademark "Fire" as a beverage name, or "Wheel" as the brand name for a line of tools.Heck, "Windows", when used to name computer programs, is trademarked by Microsoft. It's a completely generic term, a dictionary world, otherwise.And you can't block other people from using your trademarked term for it's generic meaning, or for any use not related to the use you asked your trademark for. It's why Intel had some spectacular flukes trying to block other companies from using the "intel" term as applied to other areas (specially for intelligence or investigation related uses, where it's a common term). It's why WB had spectacular failures trying to protect the "shire" name (besides the name of the place where Hobbits live, it's an actual common name).
2-24-2012 @ 12:12PM
Just to complement, I found a partial list of Google's trademarked terms. Among them:- Android™- Chrome™- Chromium™- Closure™- DoubleClick™- Go™- Nexus™- VP6™- VP8™A lot of generic terms for a list just from Google, and a partial list at that. You will find an enormous amount of common terms trademarked for specific uses if you actually search for it.I believe MP3 is trademarked, by the way :) The trademark was applied for in 2000, though I'm not sure if it was contested.
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