Court says Skype sounds too similar to Sky
May 07,2015 0 Comments
Court says Skype sounds too similar to Sky. Skype’s trademark is in peril after a European court ruled that it’s too similar to British broadcaster Sky. The Microsoft-owned company says it plans to appeal the decision, the BBC reports.
In the recent ruling, judges from the EU General Court argued that the Skype logo’s only distinguishing feature, the clouds, are a clear reference to the word sky. “Conceptually, the figurative element conveys no concept, except perhaps that of a cloud,” they noted, adding that this “would further increase the likelihood of the element ‘Sky’ being recognized within the word element ‘Skype’, for clouds are to be found ‘in the sky’ and thus may readily be associated with the word ‘sky’.”
The case actually dates all the way back to 2005, before Microsoft even bought Skype. Last year, the Redmond company was forced to rebrand SkyDrive as OneDrive after a ruling from London’s High Court. However, the Windows-maker says it’s not even considering rebranding Skype’s main service.
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