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Twin 
Amiga Inc Trademarks
Posted on 19-Jan-2007 1:54:15
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I work in the Intellectual Property industry and thought I might do a bit of a search into Amiga Inc's trademarks.

Looks like they've filed trademark applications around the world for Amiga, Amiga Anywhere, Amiga Enabled etc in mid to late 2006.

Thought people might be interested that they at least had the money to engage trademark attorney's around the world to file these for them and they are at least protecting their IP.

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Re: Amiga Inc Trademarks
Posted on 19-Jan-2007 2:37:11
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@Twin

That's interesting! Where did you find your information?

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Re: Amiga Inc Trademarks
Posted on 19-Jan-2007 2:56:48
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@Twin

Is it really that expensive to register Trademarks though? At least in the USA, with the right paper work and a relatively small about of cash you can register a trademark. (Defending it is another story). It probably isn't greatly different in other counties who honor the same copyright/trademark treaties as the US.


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elatour 
Re: Amiga Inc Trademarks
Posted on 19-Jan-2007 4:32:51
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I guess that all depends on how many and which ones. It certainly IS very interesting though. It may be nothing other than an effort to protect their names by trademarking them at long last, possibly stemming from some of the recent legal spats. Or then again, it could be an indication that there has been some progress on the development front and that some things are indeed on their way "soonish" - whether on AOS4, AOS5, and/or AmigaAnywhere fronts is anyone's guess of course. What's very interesting is the AmigaAnywhere trademark, which implies that is hardly dead if they have decidedly moved to protect the name from potential poachers.

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Posted on 19-Jan-2007 5:19:22
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@Twin

In documents prior to that time, AmigaAnywhere and the other terms were indicated as trademarks already. But maybe no paperwork had been done and somebody finally thought about doing it. I wouldn't read anything into this. Amiga and the VCs want to protect the IP, but I doubt if doing the paperwork signifies some new activity or anything -- just a hunch .

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Posted on 19-Jan-2007 5:21:16
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Information can be found in free online databases eg:

USA - http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe?f=login&p_lang=english&p_d=trmk
Australia - http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/atmoss/falcon.application_start
Europe - http://oami.europa.eu/CTMOnline/RequestManager/de_SearchBasic?transition=start&source=Log-in.html&language=en&application=CTMOnline

While it can be relatively inexpensive official fees may only be a few hundred dollars per trademark per country at most, it depends on a) whether you file yourself or b) hire a firm to represent you.

Amiga Inc have hired firms in each jurisdiction (the smart choice if you're not a trademark attorney yourself), so gaining these trademarks could easily cost them US$1000 per trademark per country.

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Twin 
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Posted on 19-Jan-2007 5:26:17
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@gary_c

"technically" its not actually necessary to register a trademark in order for it to be yours and enforceable, if you use it long enough and prominently enough - you can gain a reputation as it being yours and enforce that reputation in the courts.

Of course, you have to have a registered trademark in order to use the symbol, it is also easier to enforce a registered trademark.

Given the "extensive" use of Amiga Anywhere they're much better off relying on a registered mark than enforcing the reputation they've earnt through extensive use.

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Posted on 19-Jan-2007 5:30:40
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@Twin

Canada - http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/app/cipo/trademarks/search/tmSearch.do?language=eng
Japan - http://www3.ipdl.ncipi.go.jp/cgi-bin/ET/ep_main.cgi?1169184936120
Czech Republic - http://isdvapl.upv.cz/pls/portal30/oz.OZFRM
Finland - http://tavaramerkki.prh.fi/default_en.pl

One of these was just created or updated within the past 2 days in Canada, Japan, Finland and possibly many others.

For a comprehensive list of patent searching for many different contries around the worl, check out http://www.internetmarken.de/research.htm. Amiga shows up with activity within the past few months in many of them.

Hmmm...The timing is becoming more and more interesting.

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Twin 
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Posted on 19-Jan-2007 6:29:01
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@elatour

I didn't really bother checking any countries other than US, EU (the Czech and Finland apps would be covered by this) and AU - but it makes sense. Amiga might have even filed a Madrid Protocol application (like a worldwide application).

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