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FiftyThree files trademark for "Paper" to combat Facebook

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Last week we heard the fairly absurd news that Candy Crush developer King was working to trademark both the word "candy" and the word "saga" in order to protect its stable of games. Now, we're hearing another trademark application that is just as troubling: developer FiftyThree has filed a trademark application on the word "Paper" to combat Facebook's new app.

Facebook's new Paper app was launched yesterday, and FiftyThree voiced its concern that Facebook's app would be causing confusion with its own app of the same name. FiftyThree said that it had contacted Facebook about the name, but Facebook made no indication that anything would change. As a result, FiftyThree has decided to try trademarking the name "Paper". 

Of course, FiftyThree obviously used the word for its app first, but we're not convinced that should be the the determining factor here. It seems that there were quite a few products going under the name paper before FiftyThree or Facebook's apps came out. You know, in the way back times before computers. 

source: USPTO via pocketnow

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posted on 04 Feb 2014, 22:26 2

1. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)

Facebook is just being the bully that it is. I say foul.

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 22:30 3

2. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

For crying out loud, the patent system has become a total joke.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 11:04 1

9. zennacko (Posts: 237; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)

Yes indeed. Soon enough my name shall be patented by someone and I'll be sued for using it.

Also, Facebook had trademarked the word "Face" already, so the things in front of our heads either have to gain another name or they could potentially sue the entire world for misuse of their trademark :(

posted on 04 Feb 2014, 23:21 2

3. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)

What is the world coming to ???
Nxt what are they gonna do Trademark Chair, Table, Pen , Book , Food , Clothe , etc....
This is just a joke .... USTPO is becoming a Joke !!

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 00:24 2

4. Aploine (Posts: 437; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)

Didn't you hear about genetics companies patent

for proteins of the human genome?

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 08:41 1

8. cezarepc (Posts: 718; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)

I've read something like that in a techno-thriller novel by Michael Crichton - Next (2006).

Scary sh * t.

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 02:24 1

5. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

Great now I have transfer my notes to my tablet, since I might get sued for using paper

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 02:32

6. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

Why do people have to get all worked up about a company trying to protect it's name? If "Paper" by fifty three started out by using this name then Facebook has to do more than apologise, zuckerberg has always been that way especially when he robbed the twins

posted on 05 Feb 2014, 04:41 2

7. neops (Posts: 297; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)

Suing facebook to protect their work, yes. Patenting the word "paper", just "paper" or just "candy" or just "ruby", no. They didn't invent it. It belongs to humans.
If patent existed when paper was firstly invented, would we had any modern civilisation?

(Now someone will want to patent the word civilisation and will not allow us to talk about it, or logic per se)

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