But it won’t see any money change hands, because there is no infringement — European judges are just worried that citizens wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two."Conceptually, the figurative element [of the names] conveys no concept, except perhaps that of a cloud,” European judges said, according to the BBC."[That] would further increase the likelihood of the element 'Sky' being recognised within the word element 'Skype', for clouds are to be found 'in the sky' and thus may readily be associated with the word 'sky'."Sky has already had a run-in with Microsoft, over the name of the latter’s cloud storage service.
"The case was not a legal challenge to Skype's use of the mark, it was only against the registration," a Microsoft spokesperson told the BBC.
"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."Though Sky could now theoretically pursue Microsoft for money for using the name, its reaction to the case did not seem to indicate that it would.
Captain Kirk isn’t the only one who gets to video chat these days.
If your kids have a smart phone or laptop, they are likely having a lot of fun online.
Video chatting can come in the form of Face Time (iphones) or Skype, the online video chat app for any computer or smartphone; even Google + and Facebook have video chat options. It’s an easy way to get more “hang time” and build friendships, do homework, and even go to events without “going” out.
Communicating via video is here to stay for sure and getting more popular on mobile devices.
With every new digital craze comes a new set of concerns for parents.
Skyping and video chat can take a turn for the worst as onetime innocent online chats evolve into inappropriate conversations, sexting, and dangerous relationships.
The names of Skype and Sky are too similar for the public to tell the difference between them, a European court has ruled.
The ruling means that Microsoft won’t be able to get a trademark on its chat app, Skype.