Twitter Trademarks 'Tweet'

by Techvibes NewsDesk

A new report has revealed that in settling a lawsuit, Twitter has finally gained control over the trademark of the word "tweet."

Once a sound reserved for describing the utterances of our feathered friends, "tweeting" has become ubiquitous thanks to the tremendous rise of social microblogging platform Twitter.

A company called Twittad, which provides sponsored advertising on Twitter, technically owns the trademark, thanks to the tagline, "Let your ad meet tweets," among other variations. Twittad and Twitter have been at legal odds over the trademark for years—Twitter suggested that "tweet" was popular because of it before Twittad secured the trademark, but the courts disagreed.

However, the WSJ now reports that this latest settlement should resolve things, with Twittad ceding control of "tweet" to Twitter but keeping its tagline.

Terms of the settlement have yet to be disclosed.

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Twitter is a privately funded startup with offices in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking... more

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