Be Careful Where You Put Your Face
After first filing for this back in December 2005 it has now emerged that Facebook are getting closer to securing a trademark on the word “Face” when used with bulletin boards or online chat rooms. According to InsideFacebook, on the 23rd November the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office sent a notice of allowance to Facebook.
This doesn’t yet mean that Facebook has been granted the trademark but if, within the next 6 months, they pay a fee and file a statement of use then they’ll be very close to securing it. After that they need the examining attorney(s) to approve it and if that happens the trademark could be granted and registered within a further 2 months.
The trademark covers the word “face” when used in the context of:
“Telecommunication services, namely, providing online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among computer users in the field of general interest and concerning social and entertainment subject matter, none primarily featuring or relating to motoring or to cars.”
This is not the only trademark Facebook are reportedly after. InsideFacebook have also stated:
“Facebook has also tried to trademark other words. It has at least 15 trademark applications around the “like” buttons it launched in April, some of which cover the word “like” itself.”
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