Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jun 2011 22:46 UTC
In the News As we reported earlier this week, Apple is busy sending out cease and desist letters to small, defenceless projects to defend its trademark application (it doesn't actually own the trademark yet) for 'app store'. This has prompted many a discussion over the trademarkability of such a generic term, and over the origins of the abbreviation 'app'. Who came up with it? How old is it? To my surprise - the abbreviation is much older than you'd think, and in a way, it illustrates quite well the demise of the programmer. What? Read on.
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RE[5]: This is a red herring
by JAlexoid on Sat 25th Jun 2011 09:39 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: This is a red herring"
JAlexoid
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Since trademarks are not global in essence, hoover is a generic term in UK already. It's just not revoked, formally. Because that is done by a judge.

http://www.mancunium-ip.co.uk/articles/Postregistration.pdf
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3006486.stm

Edited 2011-06-25 09:40 UTC

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