Trademark Law

Microsoft to change name of Skydrive

After losing a trademark dispute with the British Sky Broadcasting Group plc, Microsoft has agreed to change the name of its Skydrive cloud service.

Microsoft to change name of Skydrive ©-Victoria-Fotolia

Microsoft to change name of Skydrive ©-Victoria-Fotolia

Skydrive agreement

In a joint press release with BSkyB, Microsoft announced it will change the name of its cloud service.

The two companies reached the out-of-court settlement after a judge of the High Court of England and Wales declared the name Skydrive infringed BSkyB’s trademark rights.

Microsoft will be permitted to use the name Skydrive for a reasonable length of time during a transitional period to a new name. In return, the company agreed to not pursue an appeal of the High Court’s decision.

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Rafaela Wilde is a partner at the law firm WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE.

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