US grants patent over the word ‘Face’

By on November 24, 2010
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Guess the company it has been granted to?


In a bizarre instance of dimmed judgment, the US Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent over the word ‘Face’ to the social networking giant Facebook.

Facebook is now an allowance away to claiming the rights of the English word as the government office have already sent a Notice of Allowance to the company. Within three months, the company is required to pay up an issue fee, fill out a Statement of Use form, and use the trademark in a form of commerce to secure the rights completely. Guess that won’t be a problem.

Thankfully, the patent does not require forking out cash every time anyone utters the word ‘face’ as it only covers the following:

“Telecommunication services, namely, providing online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among computer users in the field of general interest and concerning social and entertainment subject matter, none primarily featuring or relating to motoring or to cars.”

It’s would be interesting to note how many companies and software makers would have to either change their product’s name or pay up to Facebook to retain the name after the patent is secured. Immediately, one such company comes to mind: Apple who uses the word ‘face’ in their video chat app FaceTime. Looks like a legal tussle is one the hands.

Source: Techcrunch.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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