BSkyB – Microsoft full press release

By Kip Kniskern | Posted July 31, 2013 44 comments

Earlier today Microsoft announced it would not pursue an appeal of a decision by the High Court of England and Wales that “SkyDrive” infringed on trademarks held by BSkyB. The two companies released a joint press release on the subject, but since it hasn’t appeared yet on the Microsoft News Center or the list of Sky press releases, here it is:

British Sky Broadcasting and Microsoft Reach Settlement in Trade Mark Case

Sky allows Microsoft temporary use of SkyDrive name during transition period following trade mark infringement judgement – while Microsoft agree to forego planned appeal

British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (“Sky”) and Microsoft Corporation (“Microsoft”) have today announced the settlement of trade mark infringement proceedings in the European Union brought by Sky against Microsoft in the English High Court. The settlement of this case reflects the desire of both companies to focus on joint projects to benefit their customers.

In June, High Court Judge Mrs Justice Asplin issued a judgment holding that Microsoft’s use of the name SkyDrive infringed Sky’s rights in the ‘Sky’ mark.

According to the settlement, Microsoft will not pursue its planned appeal of this decision and Sky will allow Microsoft to continue using the SkyDrive name for a reasonable period of time to allow for an orderly transition to a new brand. The agreement also contains financial and other terms, the details of which are confidential.

“We are pleased to have reached a settlement after Microsoft agreed not to appeal the trade mark infringement judgment in relation to its SkyDrive service,” said Sky. “We will remain vigilant in protecting the Sky brand and will continue to take appropriate action against those companies who seek to use our trade mark without consent.”

Microsoft said, “We’re glad to have resolution of this naming dispute, and will continue to deliver the great service our hundreds of millions of customers expect, providing the best way to always have your files with you.”

We’ll keep you posted on more as it becomes available. In the meantime, what do you think Microsoft should call SkyDrive?

Posted July 31st, 2013 at 12:46 pm
Category: News
Tags: SkyDrive
  • Mohan Raj NK

    One Drive :)

    • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

      Developing around the cores thats Windows, One, Xbox, Outlook, Office.

      Outlook and Office is my prefered if they bundle Office Web Apps on it

  • Mohan Raj NK

    One Drive :)

    • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

      Developing x Cloud/Drive around Windows, One, Xbox, Outlook, Office.
      e.g. “OfficeDrive” and “Windows Cloud”

  • cjallan417

    Drive RT.

    (That was a joke, people!)

  • cjallan417

    Drive RT.

    (That was a joke, people!)

  • Lollygum

    Pity, it was actually one of Microsoft’s better product names, which isn’t one of their strong points (Windows Phone).

  • Lollygum

    Pity, it was actually one of Microsoft’s better product names, which isn’t one of their strong points (Windows Phone).

  • Chen Ye

    Cumulo!

  • Chen Ye

    Cumulo!

  • TheRickshaw

    Better be safe this time.
    Microsoft Azure Storage Services Consumer Cloud Edition for Windows 8 Pro … and all permutations thereof.
    heehee

    • Mario Albertico

      LOL! Don’t forget Media Center and RT versions ;)

  • TheRickshaw

    Better be safe this time.
    Microsoft Azure Storage Services Consumer Cloud Edition for Windows 8 Pro … and all permutations thereof.
    heehee

    • Mario Albertico

      LOL! Don’t forget Media Center and RT versions ;)

  • Guest

    This SkyDrive thing made you guys at LiveSide forget about Outlook.com anniversary. Well, waht about Outlook Drive. SkyDrive was great because of its logo with the clouds and the like. It’s going to be hard to come up with a name that’s not taken by someone else somewhere, even harder with names in English.

  • Fred Bill Nietsche

    This SkyDrive thing made you guys at LiveSide forget about Outlook.com anniversary. Well, waht about Outlook Drive. SkyDrive was great because of its logo with the clouds and the like. It’s going to be hard to come up with a name that’s not taken by someone else somewhere, even harder with names in English.

  • Ray Wall

    MetroDrive

  • Ray Wall

    MetroDrive

  • SaschaNaz

    … Xbox Drive? As they already have Xbox Music and Xbox Video app, preloaded.

    • DKJr

      Or XDrive? But SkyDrive was such an appropriate name…sad.

      • SaschaNaz

        Really. Who sad…

  • SaschaNaz

    … Xbox Drive? As they already have Xbox Music and Xbox Video app, preloaded.

    • DKJr

      Or XDrive? But SkyDrive was such an appropriate name…sad.

      • SaschaNaz

        Really. Who sad…

  • http://mjflynt.wordpress.com/ Jeffrey

    NoseDrive!

  • http://mjflynt.wordpress.com/ Jeffrey

    NoseDrive!

  • sun

    MScloud

  • sun

    MScloud

  • Davud

    Bing Drive :)

    • thenonhacker

      Makes sense. (Google has Google Drive)

      Maybe SharePoint Drive even.

  • Tribbiani

    Bing Drive :)

    • thenonhacker

      Makes sense. (Google has Google Drive)

      Maybe SharePoint Drive even.

  • http://www.tekwalla.com/ Tekwalla

    LiveDrive. :)

    • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

      An British company already exists called LiveDrive at livedrive.com

  • http://www.techomaniac.com Techomaniac

    LiveDrive. :)

    • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

      An British company already exists called LiveDrive at livedrive.com

  • Tony Gray

    Keep it simple and be clear and proud of the brand… Microsoft Cloud.

  • Tony Gray

    Keep it simple and be clear and proud of the brand… Microsoft Cloud.

  • Fred A.

    They can call it DriveBy, AirDrive, or how about FileDrive. That DriveBy was a joke, by the way…

  • Fred A.

    They can call it DriveBy, AirDrive, or how about FileDrive. That DriveBy was a joke, by the way…

  • William C Bonner

    If they call it XDrive will they run afoul of BMW? I really think that this court decision set a bad precedent, and really should have been fought. SkyDrive was a much better name than they’ve had recently, and I don’t think it could be confused with anything that the TV network is likely to produce in the next decade.

  • William C Bonner

    If they call it XDrive will they run afoul of BMW? I really think that this court decision set a bad precedent, and really should have been fought. SkyDrive was a much better name than they’ve had recently, and I don’t think it could be confused with anything that the TV network is likely to produce in the next decade.

  • Amber H

    Live Mesh or Folder Sync :)

  • Amber H

    Live Mesh or Folder Sync :)