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

Subject: Re: World's Largest Bug (was: Re: Doing your own graphics)
From: "Parks, Beverly L." <parksb -at- HUACHUCA-EMH7 -dot- ARMY -dot- MIL>
Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 12:45:00 MST

Maybe there is provision for "standing the test of time." If after a
certain number of years your common-named product is still readily
identified as a unique product in its field, the name can be registered
as a trademark. Of course if Bill Gates was in the construction industry
instead of the computer industry, a name like Windows probably wouldn't
have stood a chance. (This is all pure speculation on my part...I'm not
even speaking seriously, let alone with authority!)

Bev Parks =^.^= parksb -at- huachuca-emh7 -dot- army -dot- mil
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Sue Heim wrote:
<snip>
> Er, uh... hmmm... just thought you oughta know... Windows is now a
> *registered* trademark of Microsoft Corporation...

Stephen Victor added:
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.

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