Re: World's Largest Bug (was: Re: Doing your own graphics)

Subject: Re: World's Largest Bug (was: Re: Doing your own graphics)
From: Stephen Victor <svictor -at- LGC -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 11:26:11 -0500

Sue Heim wrote:
<snip>
> Er, uh... hmmm... just thought you oughta know... Windows is now a
> *registered* trademark of Microsoft Corporation...

> (This coming from someone who has had to change all her docs from
> (TM) to (R)... grrr!!!!)

So Microsoft's lawyers finally prevailed. My understanding was that
Microsoft hadn't been able to register the trademark because you simply
can't use a common word like "windows" as a registered trademark. It's
sort of like trying to register "door" or "car" as a trademark.
Ordinarily, a registered trademark needs to have a unique spelling like,
oh I don't know, "Windoze" for example. That's why software makers use
strange capitalization and punctuation in their product names (e.g.,
CorelDRAW!): to give an ordinary word a unique flair so that it can be
registered as a trademark.

Of course, I'm not a lawyer, so I could be way off base here.

Regards,
Steve

P.S. - What *is* the world's largest bug anyway?

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