Industry News Desk
Dell Does Not "Own" Cloud Computing
The US Patent & Trademark Office mailed the company last week what it calls "a non-final action"
By: Cloud News Desk
Aug. 19, 2008 06:30 PM
Although no final determination as to the registrability of the mark has been made, Dell's attempt to register "Cloud Computing" as a trademark has resulted in the US Patent & Trademark Office mailing the company last week what it calls "a non-final action" - namely, a letter from the examining attorney "requesting additional information and/or making an initial refusal."
"First they've argued that 'the applied-for mark merely describes a feature and characteristic of applicant’s services'. A mark is merely descriptive if it describes an ingredient, quality, characteristic, function, feature, purpose or use of the specified services. That is, 'cloud computing' simply describes a type of computing in the same way that 'yellow bananas' describes a (common) type of banana.
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