Have you ever mistaken Sky TV as Microsoft’s Skype messenger service? Well an European court conceives that you most likely will and has decided that the name “Skype” is so comparative to ‘Sky’. This keeps Microsoft from enlisting the Skype trademark in Europe.
Here is just how the European Union elucidated its decision: “Conceptually, the figurative element conveys no concept, except perhaps that of a cloud. That would further increase the likelihood of the element ‘Sky’ being recognized 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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So there you have it, Skype utilizes a cloud as a logo, which will clearly make you think about the sky, where you can figure out cloud and in this manner you are certain to mistake Sky TV as Skype.
Microsoft is obviously planning to appeal oppose to all these messed up situation. A company spokesperson gave a statement (Via: The Inquirer): “We’re confident that no confusion exists between these brands and services, and will appeal. This decision does not require us to alter product names in any way.”
Caught or not?