An EU court thinks you can’t tell the difference between Skype and Sky

The General Court of the European Union court has ruled today that Skype’s name is too similar to Sky’s and could easily be confused. This means that Microsoft is now banned from registering a trademark for the Skype name and logo. According to a report on BBC, the judges noted that: Conceptually, the figurative element conveys no concept, except perhaps that of a cloud. [That] would further increase the likelihood of the element ‘Sky’ being recognised within the word element ‘Skype’, for clouds are to be found ‘in the sky’ and thus may readily be associated with the word ‘sky’.…

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