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21 Aug Posted by in kictanet | Comments

US Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark

well, when I look at the 9th circuit court of appeal decision as well as the Arizona district court's decision, I kind of feel that OMO, Blueband scenarios are kind of different , why because when I say please go get me Omo, I mean , go get me a detergent(a detergent is a particular […]

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21 Aug Posted by in kictanet | Comments

US Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark

The Google case is very different from these cases; as-is, "google" is already an English verb. And once a trademark becomes a verb and hence generic, it's downhill all the way. OMO, BLUEBAND etc while coming to symbolize an entire genre of products never reached that level of getting into the lexicon of the English […]

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21 Aug Posted by in kictanet | Comments

US Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark

Victor Well put brother.. Ali Hussein Principal Hussein & Associates   Tel: +254 713 601113 Twitter: @AliHKassim Skype: abu-jomo LinkedIn: http://ke.linkedin.com/in/alihkassim 13th Floor , Delta Towers, Oracle Wing, Chiromo Road, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya. Any information of a personal nature expressed in this email are purely mine and do not necessarily reflect the official positions of […]

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21 Aug Posted by in kictanet | Comments

US Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark

We have had almost similar scenarios in Kenya. You will remember brands like "OMO" which became the common name for powdered soap; "BLUEBAND" for magarines; "KIMBO" for cooking fat; "QUENCHER" for juices; "NISSAN" for all 11-14 seater vans/matatus; "PAMPERS" for diapers; "COLGATE" for toothpaste; "PANGA" for bar soap and the list goes on. Just because […]

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21 Aug Posted by in kictanet | Comments

US Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark

So what are you saying? 🙂 Google should lose its copyright? Ali Hussein Principal Hussein & Associates   Tel: +254 713 601113 Twitter: @AliHKassim Skype: abu-jomo LinkedIn: http://ke.linkedin.com/in/alihkassim 13th Floor , Delta Towers, Oracle Wing, Chiromo Road, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya. Any information of a personal nature expressed in this email are purely mine and do […]

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21 Aug Posted by in kictanet | Comments

US Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark

The moment your copyright becomes a verb in English, you've lost half the battle to holding onto it. Today its very normal to just say I *googled*  as opposed to "…I searched for it on Google…" And I am sure you wouldn't want everyone saying googled/google it etc being sued for Copyright infringement, right? Regards […]

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21 Aug Posted by in kictanet | Comments

US Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark

I think its quite unfair to have a company like Google who have built a brand name that went all the way to be "generisized" to actually not be given the right to trademark. So what implications does it have then to their company? I mean.. you can't just say someone set up a company […]

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21 Aug Posted by in kictanet | Comments

Talk to NCIC Day 3: Government Regulation of Fake News

Apologies for coming in late on this. Here's my take:  (a) Should the spreading of Fake News be a crime? How about when Fake News leads to incitement?  There's a lot to consider here before declaring fake news to be a crime. The question should be cui bono, who stands to gain the most? Fake […]

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21 Aug Posted by in kictanet | Comments

US Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark

Listers Interesting development. Is the term "google" too generic and therefore unworthy of its trademark protection? That's the question before the US Supreme Court. Words like teleprompter, thermos, hoover, aspirin, and videotape were once trademarked. They lost the status after their names became too generic and fell victim to what is known as "genericide." What's […]

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21 Aug Posted by in kictanet | Comments

US Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark

Listers Interesting development. Is the term "google" too generic and therefore unworthy of its trademark protection? That's the question before the US Supreme Court. Words like teleprompter, thermos, hoover, aspirin, and videotape were once trademarked. They lost the status after their names became too generic and fell victim to what is known as "genericide." What's […]

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