Menu
Dell loses bid for 'cloud computing' trademark

Dell loses bid for 'cloud computing' trademark

Dell can't use "cloud computing" as a trademark since the term is a generic one, the USPTO said in a preliminary ruling.

Dell cannot register "cloud computing" as a trademark because the term is a generic one describing services offered by many companies, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has said in an initial ruling.

In denying Dell's application, the USPTO included dozens of news stories and other material supporting its contention that cloud computing is a widely-used term of art for the technology industry.

The term refers to computing services that are delivered to end users over the Internet, often from a remote data center. It has been applied to many types of services, including storage services like Amazon's S3, online anti-spam services, and hosted applications such as Salesforce.com's customer relationship management service.

If Dell were allowed to trademark the term it could send dozens of other vendors scrambling to find an alternative buzzword to describe their services and avoid messy lawsuits. IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Yahoo and Google all have employed the term cloud computing to promote their services.

The USPTO described its decisionas "non-final." Dell has six months to file a response or the USPTO will abandon the application.

Proponents of cloud services say they can help users cut costs because they don't have to invest in buying and managing their own hardware and software. But the model also means subscribers can be left stranded when a service has problems. Amazon's S3 suffered an outage last month which temporarily affected Twitter, which uses S3 to host images such as user avatars.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017

In 2017, merger and acquisitions fever reached new heights in New Zealand, with a host of big name deals dominating the headlines. Reseller News recaps the most important transactions of the Kiwi channel during the past 12 months.

Looking back at the top 15 M&A deals in NZ during 2017
Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP honoured leading partners across the channel at the Partner Awards 2017 in New Zealand, recognising excellence across the entire print and personal systems portfolio.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments