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January 4, 2014

EU say The ‘Pinterest’ Trademark Owned by UK Company


Content sharing website Pinterest could be in trouble, after it emerged that the European trademark for the company name was registered by a London-based start-up Premium Interest two months before being filed in the US.

European Commission’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) has ruled that the British company is the original owner of the trademark on this side of the Atlantic. This could hinder Pinterest’s European expansion, and even force it to change the company name.

The European Commission is not one for shying away from big companies as they proved with the Microsoft’s Skydrive trademark being too close to BSkyB and ruled accordingly in Sky’s favour.

This will cause a massive headache for Pinerest, although they say they will appeal, the outcome doesn’t rosey at all due to the OHIM guidelines it might be unable to put any new evidence forward, just arrange a review of the current decision.

Source: TechCrunch

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini