ora owns web2.0 - and will sue your ass if you try to use it

James Mastros james at mastros.biz
Mon May 29 09:57:03 BST 2006

On Sun, May 28, 2006 at 09:40:46PM -0400, Chris Devers wrote:
> Call the next conference web3.0 and let people in for free. 
> There, everybody's happy. 

Well, depends how aggressive ORA is planning on being defending their
service mark.  Is "Web 3.0" confusingly similar to "Web 2.0"?  It's possible
that if they tried, they could convince a judge so.  It's fairly certian
that if they tried, they could get a preliminary injunction, which would be
plenty to stifle compitition.

The fact that they went for a generic like "Web 2.0", rather then calling
their purticular conference something non-generic and service marking that.
If they hope to defend their SM, they're going to need to claim that "Web
2.0 Conference" is not a descriptive name for a conference, and if they
successfully do that, then the scope of their service mark is likely to be

	     -=- James Mastros

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