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Facebook to trademark the word 'face'

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ProlescumWebhamsterUser avatarPosts: 5007Joined: Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:41 pmLocation: Peptone-upon-Sores

Post Facebook to trademark the word 'face'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11837939

Auntie wrote:The social networking giant Facebook is a few steps away from trademarking the word face, online documents reveal.

The site has been asked to detail a "statement of use" by the US Patent and Trademark Office, explaining how it intends to use the word.

If granted, the trademark will only apply to online sites and services used to exchange messages.

It could limit the use of the word in other social networks and services, such as Apple's Facetime, lawyers said.

Trade mark specialist Fiona McBride, from law firm Withers and Rogers, said the move was "not as unexpected as it may sound ".

"Facebook is right to lay legal claim to use of the word 'face' in the context of social networking sites and other specific computer-linked activities because they have built up a reputation in the name Facebook, of which arguably 'face' is the dominant element," she said.


I think faecebook.com is still up for grabs...
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Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:08 pm
MRaverzPosts: 1838Joined: Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:00 am Gender: Pinecone

Post Re: Facebook to trademark the word 'face'

So what happens to face.com?
Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:47 pm
ShaedysUser avatarPosts: 343Joined: Sun Sep 27, 2009 2:15 pm Gender: Cake

Post Re: Facebook to trademark the word 'face'

I don't think face.com is used as a social networking site to exchange messages.
Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:56 pm
AndiferousUser avatarPosts: 2727Joined: Mon Jan 04, 2010 7:00 amLocation: Laputa Gender: Time Lord

Post Re: Facebook to trademark the word 'face'

Trademark mes face but cash in on mes privacy. Nice! There is a cool kind of irony here.
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Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:21 pm
Duvelthehobbit666User avatarPosts: 1136Joined: Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:39 pmLocation: On a pale blue dot Gender: Male

Post Re: Facebook to trademark the word 'face'

Any word already in existence and use should not be trademarked no matter how it is used or who thought of it. Its just stupid. It is as if LoR were to trademark the word smilie as in use of forums. Its just dumb.
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