Microsoft has been ordered by an UK court to change the name of its cloud-based service, as ‘SkyDrive’ infringes a trademark owned by British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB). The Redmond-based company will be allowed to use SkyDrive for a “reasonable period of time” till it finds a suitable brand name to replace it. Also Read - Xbox Series X, Series S pre-orders in India starting September 22
Microsoft is said to have accepted the decision and won’t be filing an appeal. It will have to remove the word Sky from all its brands and could be replacing them with something associated its other brand names like Windows, Xbox, Outlook, or Office. The court ruling also involves a financial settlement, which wasn’t revealed by either of the companies. Also Read - Microsoft's Your Phone App gets new features with the latest update
“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,” Microsoft said in a statement.
You can read the complete Press Release below:
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.”