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Microsoft’s SkyDrive suffers legal defeat in the UK and EU

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Microsoft’s SkyDrive suffers legal defeat in the UK and EU
British judge Sarah Asplin ruled that evidence “revealed confusion amongst real people” regarding Microsoft’s SkyDrive service, causing people to call BSkyB’s helpline to get assistance with the product. As a result, Mrs. Asplin ruled that Microsoft did infringe on the “Sky” trademark.

Now, the judge must decide if Microsoft will be punished with a fine or by requiring a change in the name of the service. Microsoft tried to argue that the work “sky” was descriptive that it relates to clouds and thus cloud storage.

BSkyB sued Microsoft in the UK and EU asserting that people were confused between the news service Sky, and SkyDrive. While the tech minded among us cannot imagine that people could confuse the two, it seems some folks are indeed getting confused. Documents from the case recorded a number of incidents of people contacting Sky when they needed assistance with SkyDrive. Users were also apparently confused by Hotmail’s method to reference SkyDrive for creating attachments to emails.

Apparently, even some of Sky’s own call centers had some confusion, with nearly dozen call agents responding that they had heard of SkyDrive thought it was a service associated with Sky.

Do not expect this story to end, Microsoft is appealing the case and by the time both parties are done suing each other, people should be well enough confused at that point where it will not matter what anything is called.

sources: The Register via All About Windows Phone

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posted on 02 Jul 2013, 18:01

1. lyndon420 (Posts: 1642; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Just stay away from anything that contains the word sky.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 00:34

15. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


and apples @_@ too

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 18:16

2. VZWuser76 (Posts: 992; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Microsoft Cloud Drive. Simple, wouldn't have infringed, and it has cloud in the name rather than something associated with clouds (sky).

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 18:33

3. smallworld (Posts: 372; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


"Microsoft’s SkyDrive suffers legal defeat in the UK and EU"
- as if UK wasn't in the EU -_-

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 19:06 2

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Last check UK is not in EU.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 19:54 2

10. smallworld (Posts: 372; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


It is.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 19:24

7. Maxwell.R (Posts: 131; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Well, you're right to a point, but the UK kept its currency and remains about as "apart from" as anyone could act. While it has representation in the EU, there does not appear to be much interest in expanding its role.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 03:51 2

20. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 121; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


@ Maxwell,just admit you got the UK - EU thing wrong,don't confuse the euro zone which uses the Euro currency and other EU members who opt to keep their local currency but still in EU eg: Sweden Denmark UK and presumably Cech republic they're all the 28 EU member states

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 04:26 1

21. DKJnr (Posts: 22; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


I thought UK is member of EU but not EMU?

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 19:07 5

5. papss (Posts: 3458; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Now this is just silly... What next? Let's ban all real words fro. Being used in any product.. Skydrive will now be called fgsjdufnjr

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 19:08 1

6. papss (Posts: 3458; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Now this is just silly... What next? Let's ban all real words from Being used in any product.. Skydrive will now be called fgsjdufnjr

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 19:26

8. Whodaboss (Posts: 173; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


I see the UK education system is broken too. How the heck does one confuse "Skydrive" with "BSkyB"? Please tell me how? Oh, I see... the both have the word Sky. What's even funnier as I look on this site I see the advertising for "edX". I was so confused that I called them to find out how much it would cost to ship my package. They told me they are "edX" not "fedX". You can't make this stuff up. Lol!

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 19:30 4

9. -box- (Posts: 3571; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


SkyActiv, Skyline, Sky, Skype... This ruling is junk.

If they have to rename it, maybe Online Storage, Cloud Safe, Virtual Safe, etc etc

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 22:21 1

13. zennacko (Posts: 199; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


The same dumb people that thinks SkyDrive is something related to Sky, will think that Virtual Safe is an online bank or a means to get their precious stuff and money safe on the net... suddenly every brand name became misleading to some people >_< Why not sue HTC for the misleading "One" smartphone then?

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 21:59 3

11. Genersis (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Hard to believe. Must the word "Sky" be omitted in all services and products?

I don't see how this is Microsoft's fault, and not the few ignorant users.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 22:18

12. zennacko (Posts: 199; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


What's next? People suing Will Smith and 20th Century Fox et al. just because they thought the movie "I, Robot" was made by Apple, because of the "I"? Come on! SkyDrive can be found only on Microsoft's domains, and stuff, not on Sky (news, TV, whatever) things >_

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 23:20 4

14. kushki (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Are they that dumb? Do they go to a local farmer when their Apple iPhone behave strange?

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 02:34

17. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 208; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


Man, thats a good one. Couldn't help laughing.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 02:47

19. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


lol, i see what you did there...

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 09:27

22. applesauce (banned) (Posts: 165; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


Yes:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAG39jKi0lI

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 00:44

16. pongkie (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


skynet is in trouble bring out the terminator

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 02:36 1

18. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 208; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


The British public is dumb, but the judge seems to be dumber.

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