Twitter said that a trademark belonging to Twittad "threatens to block" it from registering "tweet" as its own "legitimate" mark, according to the company's legal submission to a district court in San Francisco. Twittad owns the trademark "Let Your Ad Meet Tweets". It is a company that "offers online advertising services …
To paraphrase a cartoon in Private Eye
Twitter, Tweet, Twitterer, Twat
Maybe "twat" should just be the past tense of "tweet"...
Speak - Spoke
Write - Wrote
Tweet - Twat
Makes sense to me, anyway.
Nothing left to do
It probably took about 12 hours to program the entire of twitter. Add in a couple of months of setting up the hardware to support the crazy demand and you've got yourself a lot of spare time on employee hands - time to diversify into the trolling industry.
Ironically, I couldn't be bothered to write anything else to fit in a small sentence.
someone said ...
too many tweets make a twat.
Too many twats involved in the US patent/trademark system
Can't they both lose?
See title, but also...
This company *chose* to call itself "Twit Ad"?
And it's line of business is "making stuff look appealing"?
Sheesh! One of us is in the wrong universe. It's probably me again. I'll get my coat.
it is only
supreme self-restraint that is stopping me using the C-word about everyone involved .
Is that vanilla C or C++ ? Or perhaps FC? I understand your sentiment sir!
...The Paris connection? Dunno. Just talking about twittering twats made me think of her...!?!
Twitter is still waiting for a trademark registration for 'tweet' whilst a company built on the back of Twitter has already got theirs approved?
Now either Twitter is hopelessly amateur and didn't think to register tweet until relatively recently, or they employ some slack IP lawyers who haven't been progressing their claim very quickly.
I suppose if we work hard at it, we can genericise 'tweet' and stop Twitter getting their hands on it ever. So time to start replacing 'talk', 'phone', 'message' and 'email' with 'tweet'.
Tweet is already registered
Tweet seems to already be registered in the UK:
isnt tweet descriptive and also in common use?
Which must make it harder to trademark?
After all, whats to stop someone starting "farter" and each message is a "fart"
Would probably be more appropriate given the stuff you see on twitter.
'.....whats to stop someone starting "farter" and each message is a "fart" '
An IP lawsuit from Twitter claiming that your farts are basically a direct copy of the guff on their site?
is the bit between the twat and the $h1tter.
Everybody's heard about the bird
Bird is the word!
Nobody, but nobody should be allowed to register as a trademark any word that appears in the dictionary. End.
yes - it would be, except it's the merkins we're talking about here... common sense has left that land a long time ago...
I assume that you mean stupid "merkin" trademarks like "Jaguar", "Times", "Lotus", Hawker", "Acorn", etc.?
(Mr. Pot...? There's a Mr. Kettle on line 2 for you!)