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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 …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    To paraphrase a cartoon in Private Eye

    Twitter, Tweet, Twitterer, Twat

    1. theBatman


      Maybe "twat" should just be the past tense of "tweet"...

      Speak - Spoke

      Write - Wrote

      Tweet - Twat

      Makes sense to me, anyway.

  2. Thomas 18

    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.

  3. sheep++;

    Twits...? Twats

    Ironically, I couldn't be bothered to write anything else to fit in a small sentence.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    someone said ...

    too many tweets make a twat.

    Too many twats involved in the US patent/trademark system

  5. Ken Hagan Gold badge

    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.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    it is only

    supreme self-restraint that is stopping me using the C-word about everyone involved .

    1. Steve Renouf
      Paris Hilton


      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...!?!

  7. Mike Richards Silver badge

    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'.

    1. TenDollarMan

      Tweet is already registered

      Tweet seems to already be registered in the UK:

  8. nsld

    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.

    1. TeeCee Gold badge

      '.....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?

  9. Nigel Brown


    is the bit between the twat and the $h1tter.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Everybody's heard about the bird

    Bird is the word!

  11. Grease Monkey

    Nobody, but nobody should be allowed to register as a trademark any word that appears in the dictionary. End.

    1. thenim

      yes - it would be, except it's the merkins we're talking about here... common sense has left that land a long time ago...

  12. Mike Moyle Silver badge

    @ thenim

    I assume that you mean stupid "merkin" trademarks like "Jaguar", "Times", "Lotus", Hawker", "Acorn", etc.?

    ...Oh, wait...

    (Mr. Pot...? There's a Mr. Kettle on line 2 for you!)

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