Dell is attempting to trademark the tech industry’s favourite buzzword — “cloud computing”.
…Dell’s application has already reached the so-called “notice of allowance” stage, whereby a company is granted “written notification from the USPTO that a specific mark has survived the opposition period… and has consequently been allowed for registration”.
One more nail in Larry Lessig’s coffin.
[UPDATE] Reader Bruce Toal let us know in a comment today that the USPTO has decided to reconsider this application. Reading the status history on the application one finds:
2008-08-06 – Previous allowance count withdrawn
2008-08-06 – Case Returned To Examination
2008-08-05 – Notice of Allowance canceled
2008-07-08 – Notice of allowance – mailed
Note the change on 8/5. A victory for civil society. Thanks,Bruce.