Microsoft Might Face Trademark Lawsuit For ‘OneDrive’ Name Too

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Microsoft recently announced renaming its cloud storage service SkyDrive to OneDrive after trademark lawsuit with British satellite broadcaster BSkyB over the name. While there was a overwhelmingly positive response to OneDrive name, Microsoft might still face some trademark suits in different countries where OneDrive name is already in use. TechGeek.com listed few of those companies which uses OneDrive name already,

  •  It is the name of a bolt designed by an Australian company called Zipbolt called the OneDrive 15.200.
  • There is a product called OneDrive from an Austin-based company called KLD Energy. It is a propulsion and generation system for electric vehicles.
  • There is a Portuguese car parts importer and distributor, who is also called OneDrive.
  • ONEDrive is the name of upcoming software from DataONE – or the Data Observation Network for Earth.
  • In New Zealand, OneDrive is a car-rental service for businesses that are members of OneFocus – which is now the Universal Business Team as the OneFocus domain now redirects to the UBT website.
  • There is an API called OneDrive that is available on GitHub.

Apart from the above, One.com COO revealed to Neowin that his company is now “consulting trademark experts” regarding Microsoft rebranding of SkyDrive to OneDrive. One.com is a cloud drive provider and they argue that “OneDrive, from Microsoft, is a similar product – with a similar name, that will lead to confusion.”

None of the above respective companies have filed a trademark lawsuit over OneDrive name, but it may happen. I hope Microsoft does not lose this time.

 

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Pradeep, a Computer Science & Engineering graduate.

  • hushv

    ha ha ha. From fry pan to fire.

  • Lance Stern

    COME ON Microsoft! I really liked OneDrive too

  • neva

    I’m Portuguese. Never heard about OneDrive before…

  • JohnCz

    OneNote has been around for years. Xbox One launched last year.

    • -7-

      Don’t give them ideas

  • saqrkh

    Since there are so many other ‘OneDrive’ products, can Microsoft just be among them?

  • Emi the Strange

    well they could do that, but would that work?
    I found alot of “onedrive” stuff in internet the day I read about the Skydribe new name, if there are already alot of products/companies/websites with the same name…. that means it would be stupid to claim a trademark when others already use it..
    about the one.com guy… well it would be stupid, again, to claim trademark for something that ALOT of companies already use, or what? Ubuntu ONE doesnt have “one”? and that’s the cloud Ubuntu stuff i have never used but I know its there since I see it everyday. but apparently this guy didnt care because its not Microsoft?
    and of course there is already alot of “one” products around the world….
    also this company is small, when the “metro” name happened, it was because Microsoft didnt want to fight for a codename, when Skydrive name happened, Microsoft didnt want to fight Sky, because they have business together, with Xbox one and all that. so fighting for a name would be stupid and they would lose posibilities of having sky in Xbox one or any other MS product for example.
    but this one? I bet ballmer can throw money from his pocket and buy this company… its not big, its not important, and NOBODY knew about it. which is not the case of Metro and Sky

    • donzebe

      Why waste money to buy them, let them die out by spending their little money in court for some thing they are going to loose at the end.

      • Tips_y

        Cynical but practical! LOL!

    • wp77

      MS used the Skydrive debacle as an excuse to say they had to rename the service to OneDrive. Do you really think MS would have lost that case? if they did they could still use Skydrive everywhere besides the UK.

      No, they want to create One Microsoft and saying Sky forced them was all they needed to avoid backlash.

    • judazuk

      Well one.com is actually called One.com and have had a Cloud Service for years .. dont see how it is silly to protect your company name when someone rename their product, that is similar to yours , with your company name in the new product/service name.

      Dont think Microsoft would be cool if One.com renames their Cloud drive services to MicrosoftDrive

  • donzebe

    Since so many onedrive exist and none has taken another to court, I think the case will be drop if one guy try to take Microsoft to court over the name except they will be dragging all the other Onedrive products to court.

  • jaylyric

    This is getting ridiculous. The only reason why these companies would complain is because Microsoft has money and there’s a chance that they could make some money. I understand,but come on. If it’s the same thing then I might see more of a reason,however when it’s something of totally different nature then coexist.

  • Do I s-s-s-tuddd-d-er?

    It’s obvious that neither the author or the commentators know anything about trademarks, how they work or how and why they are granted even when there’s similar existing trademarks already in use. Microsoft’s legal team, on the other hand, do.

  • tofferne

    What is the problem, we also have OneNote, and nobody complain about it, but now all of the them cry. They only want to make problems or earn some easy money. It´s time to stop all this stupid chicane.

  • reKitab

    One.com
    An API called OneDrive
    OneDrive is a car-rental service
    ONEDrive is the name of upcoming software from DataONE
    Portuguese car parts importer and distributor, who is also called OneDrive
    A product called OneDrive from an Austin-based company
    A bolt designed by an Australian company called Zipbolt called the OneDrive 15.200

    And then, abrakadabra, the Skyfalls, when MS wants to join the OneDrive party. What a joke:)

    Lyrics to One Love by Bob Marley:
    “One Love! One Heart!
    Let’s get together and feel all right.
    Hear the children cryin’ (One Love!);
    Hear the children cryin’ (One Heart!),
    Sayin': give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;
    Sayin': let’s get together and feel all right. Wo wo-wo wo-wo!

    Let them all pass all their dirty remarks (One Love!);
    There is one question I’d really love to ask (One Heart!):
    Is there a place for the hopeless sinner,
    Who has hurt all mankind just to save his own beliefs?
    ………………………………………………………………………..
    ………………………………………………………………………..”
    http://www.lyricsmania.com/one_love_lyrics_bob_marley.html

    • Tips_y

      Too early yet to sing and dance around ;-/

  • UMovies

    how come then all these have the name one drive and they aint sueing each other?

    • Tips_y

      Good question!

  • redtidal

    Just buy them and shut it down.

    • tofferne

      ++++

  • AdyMarty

    just name it bonedrive already

  • Ruufus

    Oh for the love of God! Who is going to trademark the word “the”?

  • -7-

    AzureDrive, BingDrive, WinDrive, MSDrive, Cumulus, CumuloDrive, StratoDrive, Cirrus, CloudOne, BingWing, X-Drive, +Drive, DrivePlus, Drive+
    pick one which you think will not get MS in trouble

  • boohooboohooboo

    its interesting that most almost universally condemn ‘patent trolls’. but apparently, ‘trademark trolls’ get a pass…

  • SpicyMikey

    Trademarks are meant to avoid confusion with products. Someone selling a bolt called OneDrive can hardly claim that Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud server storage service might confuse a bolt buyer. They would have no claim of trademark infringement. That goes for the others listed as well. Even the Skydrive TV service lawsuit was walking on thin ice. MS could have probably one that. I suspect they just walked away because the name was crappy anyway. it was already getting dated like the “internet super highway” term of the 90’s to describe the internet. OneDrive is MUCH better as a product tag. I’m sure MS is ready to go to battle for it.

    • nimblejack

      And like “cloud”. By God, I hate the phrase “in the cloud”.

  • ZappyKins

    That’s it! They should just call it ‘SkyNet’ and let everyone get scared and excited. Microsoft Skynet, and we can point fingers that who really cause it. /s

  • longtimeMSfangoingLinux

    I don’t care about that, I just want to be able to uninstall it!