Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) in My Linguist Against Your Linguist

In the ongoing trademark battle between Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), both companies have hired linguists to serve as experts in the battle over whether or not the government can grant a trademark for the term “app store.”

Microsoft on Tuesday filed its latest argument with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which included the opinions of a linguistic expert who supported the software giant’s argument that the term “app store” was generic and shouldn’t be trademarked by Apple.

“The compound noun app store means simply ‘store at which apps are offered for sale,’ which is merely a definition of the thing itself–a generic characterization,” linguist Ronald Butters wrote.

Microsoft closed Tuesday at $25.49, gaining $0.08, or 0.31 percent. Apple closed at $350.96, up $0.52, or 0.15 percent.


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