Apple sued over iCloud; Over Reach or Deserved?
So the news today is that a Phoenix based company is suing Apple claiming that the iCloud name infringes on its trademark. The company name in question is iCloud Communications whose primary business is Voice over IP. They claim that Apple’s use of the iCloud name for its services courses confusion
“The goods and services with which Apple intends to use the “iCloud” mark are identical to or closely related to the goods and services that have been offered by iCloud Communications under the iCloud Marks since its formation in 2005. However, due to the worldwide media coverage given to and (more…)
Trademark Solution to UDRP Losses
Correct me if I am wrong. However this is a thought that has been bogging me for a while. I will keep it nice and short and hopefully you can fill in the details where I fall short. Who amongst you will buy a house for 100K and not have insurance on it. What if you own one thousand houses worth 100K each, would you still have insurance on every one of them? The reason I ask these questions is that it seams to me that if I have a domain worth 100k and above that could potentially be challenged by UDRP (Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy) trademark thieves, then I will probably invest a couple of dollars to trademark it. Ironically I think it cost me less than 1k. Seriously, it is not that hard. I own a trademark and I did it all by myself without the help of a single lawyer or anyone for that matter. I just hit its renewal mark a couple of months ago and with a few clicks and my credit card, it was done and I do not have to worry about it for the next ten years or so. The trademarked name is probably not worth anywhere near 100k but the idea behind it was valuable enough for me to want to protect it at the time. Wondering (more…)
Why they named it Amazon.com
Long time everyone. Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes and why a company may choose one name over another. Ever wondered why your supposedly one worder never seams to catch the attention of venture capitalist or startups? Like I promised I have resolved to post only when inspired to do so. As some of you know I went back to school. Recently my Economics term paper revolved around picking one company that begins with the initial of your last name and answering over 50 questions based on your company of choice’s full *10-K report. For me, Amazon was the obvious choice due to the fact that I do most of my shopping online and Amazon tend to get the lion share of all that shopping. Secondly, It is a pretty young company so I hoped its 10-K report will be shorter and easier to read than say Apple. inc.
Well need less to say that this assignment made me know more about Amazon than I ever imagined and that brings me to the tit-bit I wish to share. (more…)
The Article Domainers Wish Every Business Framed
Happy new year everyone. I will continue my policy of blogging only when I absolutely have something to say and this is one of those times. I saw this article in Yahoo and I wish more people especially people in business read this article or at least the part of it that I am going to devote this short post to. Believe me this is worth every second of the 3 minutes of your life you are about to share with me.
The article is on Six companies companies that did not survive 2010 and one of the companies there really caught my attention as a domainer. Since I am a domainer and do not want to be accused of embelishing the article, (more…)