Meta given 30 days to cease using the name Threads by company that trademarked it 11 years ago::undefined

    • madeinthebackseat@lemmy.world
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      9 months ago

      Yes you can, that is the definition of what a trademark is.

      Could you imagine 20 different brands of Coke on the shelf?

      The usage is specific to a market, however. For example, Delta Airlines and Delta Faucets. Both trademark “Delta.”

    • Hildegarde@lemmy.world
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      9 months ago

      You literally can. That’s what trade marks are.

      You can’t copyright a word. You can’t patent a word. But you can trademark a word. Trademarking a word gives you the exclusive right to use that word to identify your products but only within the specific market it is registered in.

      A few more examples of trade marked words, apple, meta, cherry, target, zoom.

      Are any of those trade names invalid simply because they are preexisting words? No. That’s trademark law.

      • Dozzi92@lemmy.world
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        9 months ago

        Meta will disclaim the word Threads because it is too generic. So you can trademark whatever you want, but when someone comes along and wants to use it, if you’ve trademarked something generic, like Threads, then you go to court and presumably have them rule whether or not you can use it. And that probably will happen.

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      9 months ago

      According to Trademark law in many places you can.

      Generally, you can only enforce your trademark (successfully) if the infringing group is in the same industry. So if I sold an educational service or toilet bowl cleaner called Apple the tech and music giant can’t go after me for trademark infringement, though for music, computer tech and software they would have a case.

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      9 months ago

      I agree, but tell that to Rockstar.

      EDIT: I assume the downvoters aren’t familiar with Rockstar suing every indie game dev who released a game with “Monster” or “Monsters” in the title.