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January 11, 2004

Full of feathers?

A kind reader sent me a link to this post over at 'The Register' about another name dispute with Microslosh.

In this case, 'Purax Feather Holdings' has a trademark on the word 'Microsoft' which refers to:

products using its "exclusive new non allergenic and thoroughly hygienic Polyester Fibre"

Normally this would not been a problem because there is unlikely to be confusion between something that puts you to sleep and a pillow stuffing but Microslosh had to try.

They were knocked back in 1997 because:

"The opponent," he [the judge] said, "does not appear to have have any reputation for padding, stuffing and filling materials, as at the date of the present mark's application."

As 'The Register' suggests, maybe they should revisit this case now ....

Posted by Peskie at January 11, 2004 12:00 PM