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Australian Women Fight Over "Geekgirl" Trademark

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the geekgirls-geekgirls-you're-both-pretty dept.

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bennyboy64 writes "Two prominent women in the Australian IT industry are in a bitter dispute over the ownership of the trademark 'geekgirl.' A woman attempting to use 'geekgirl' on Twitter told ZDNet that women had been advised by the trademark owner to stop doing so since she owned the trademark for the word. 'She noted her trademark and asked me to stop calling myself a "geekgirl" in general conversation and to cease using the hashtag "#geekgirl" on Twitter,' IT consultant Kate Carruthers said."

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Ridiculous (2, Interesting)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278398)

I'm going to start calling myself slashdot now.

Re:Ridiculous (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278512)

NIce to meet you, slashdot, I'm Monkeedude1212.

Re:Ridiculous (4, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278538)

I'm going to start calling myself slashdot now.

OK, but now if I ever agree with one of your posts I'm going to have to say "I agree with Slashdot", and that alone will put me right.back.in.therapy

Re:Ridiculous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32279076)

I'm going to start calling myself slashdot now.

So, if you're name's slashdot now, and we are reading about slashdot covered or slashdotted pages in the future, can I assume that you came o... ohh... errr forget it, I don't want to know, actually

Re:Ridiculous (1)

Knyterage (1365183) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279192)

How about /. The poster formerly known as Monkeedude122

Re:Ridiculous (2, Funny)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279656)

I'd rather be remembered as 1560403.

People act Elitist with a low UID, I hope to reverse that trend.

Re:Ridiculous (1)

Knyterage (1365183) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279946)

Much like how ICQ was or the stone cutters from the Simpsons...

Re:Ridiculous (2, Funny)

kermyt (99494) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280916)

"Beer busts, beer blasts, keggers, stein hoists, A.A. meetings, beer nights..." It's wonderful, Marge! I've never felt so accepted in all my life. These people look deep within my soul and assign me a number based on the order in which I joined.

Re:Ridiculous (4, Funny)

voidptr (609) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279962)

People act Elitist with a low UID, I hope to reverse that trend.

Let me know how that work out for you, filthy 7-digiter.

Re:Ridiculous (1)

Adrian Lopez (2615) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279330)

I'm going to start calling myself slashdot now.

Slashdot is a made up name. Geekgirl, if you read it as "Geek Girl", is just descriptive.

Hash tag? (1)

bluefoxlucid (723572) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278442)

What's the hash tag thing now? I thought that was an IRC channel thing.

There's this thing called 'Google'. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278526)

Re:There's this thing called 'Google'. (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278616)

Re:There's this thing called 'Google'

Do they have a Twitter feed or Facebook page?

I've decided (2, Funny)

Paranatural (661514) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278470)

To trademark the term geek. Everyone else has to stop using it. I mean it! STOP IT YOU GUYS!

Re:I've decided (2, Insightful)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279034)

Why should we r33l g33k$ care about what you think? :P

Re:I've decided (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32279286)

IT is trademarked. All uses such as "IT Department", "IT manager" or "I don't believe it." without the express written permission of the trademark owner (Clinton?) are strictly prohibited and will be persecuted to the fullest extent of my imagination.

Re:I've decided (1)

rabit (217742) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279754)

To trademark the term geek. Everyone else has to stop using it. I mean it! STOP IT YOU GUYS!

You geek...

Or... (3, Funny)

pak9rabid (1011935) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278498)

Maybe they should just go by a more realistic name: UglyGirlsThatWantAttentionFromAnyGuyThatWillGiveItTothem

Re:Or... (1, Funny)

HopefulIntern (1759406) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278646)

Which when fed back into the translator offers many options: geek girl, gamer girl, chick-who-watches-porn, or any variation of a member of the female species who is either completely fictitious/mythical or so ugly that even their pets fear them.

Re:Or... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278724)

Jesus you two, calm it down.

The last thing we need is for girlintraining to show up here and give a few long-winded posts.

Re:Or... (2, Funny)

pak9rabid (1011935) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278880)

<Mr. Slave>Jesus you two, calm it down.

The last thing we need is for girlintraining to show up here and give a few long-winded posts. </Mr. Slave>

Fixed that for you.

Re:Or... (1)

ezbo (1596471) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280184)

Hey! I'm not THAT ugly!! and I do all of the above mentioned things!! I am a bit of a lesbinim tho :/

Re:Or... (4, Insightful)

catmistake (814204) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278890)

ha ha ha that's so cool you call girls ugly, man, I wish I could have an opinion

Hmm, I have a solution (1)

Combatso (1793216) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278514)

She could change her name to FuglyGeekGirl.. I'll waive my arbitration fee this time

Re:Hmm, I have a solution (1)

SpacePunk (17960) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279564)

Oh, c'mon. You know you'd hit it if you could ever get her into your parents basement.

Re:Hmm, I have a solution (1)

Combatso (1793216) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279956)

im actually a statistical anomoly.. not only am I married to a pretty girl and see sunlight quite a lot, but my parents don't even have a basement

Who will win? (4, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278524)

Who will win?

Under UK law, it would be the one who could prove they used it first.

Under French law, it would be who registered it first.

In Australian law? The one with the biggest tits.

Re:Who will win? (3, Insightful)

ICLKennyG (899257) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278772)

I wonder if either of them will actually have established valid use rights under this dispute. Geekgirl would almost surely be descriptive and as such would need to prove secondary meaning under the American system. Even assuming that the AU system would have issued a trademark registration to the first girl, it's only a priority date for intent to use. She needs to actually produce a good or service and it's going to be interesting if they say some blog posts are a good or service are enough to establish this use. What will likely happen is the second will fold like a cheap suit despite the fact that she would win if she had competent counsel.

Re:Who will win? (2, Informative)

russotto (537200) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279142)

I wonder if either of them will actually have established valid use rights under this dispute. Geekgirl would almost surely be descriptive and as such would need to prove secondary meaning under the American system.

The original registration was "publication of electronic books, magazines and/or multimedia both online on a communications network and on recorded media including optical disks and magnetic media". In that category it might be suggestive rather than merely descriptive.

Re:Who will win? (3, Insightful)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279116)

In Australian law? The one with the biggest tits.

But justice is supposed to be blind. Does that mean there will be groping involved? How do I get on a jury in Australia? ;)

Re:Who will win? (4, Funny)

S.O.B. (136083) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279786)

In Japanese law, the one dressed as a schoolgirl.
In Russian law, the one who can bench press the most..
In Canadian law, the one with the most donuts.
In U.S. law, the one with the biggest tits (See Australian law).
In Italian law, the one with the biggest tits (See Australian and U.S. law).
In French law, the one with the hairiest armpits.
In Saudi law, the one with the least amount of skin showing.
In Dutch law, the one with the most pot.
In Latvian law...got nothin'.
In Irish law, the one who can drink the most beer.
In Scottish law, the one who can drink the most scotch (duh) while playing golf.
In English law, the one with the straightest teeth.
In Brazilian law, the one with a Brazilian.

Re:Who will win? (3, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280172)

Sorry, no. In French law, the one who marries the president.

Re:Who will win? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32279800)

so richard stallman gets the trademark?

Re:Who will win? (1)

Fross (83754) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279870)

As long as one of them doesn't have extremely small tits, or they'll be deemed illegal.

Re:Who will win? (2, Insightful)

parliboy (233658) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279924)

Clearly, this is why laptops will now be searched for porn at Australian customs -- to prevent too much intellectual property from ending up in the hands of foreign interests.

Re:Who will win? (3, Insightful)

gravis777 (123605) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280064)

Is this just someone claiming they own the trademark, or can they like prove it - like they have been using it and writing for ZDNet for 15 years using that name?

If they really have been using it as a handle for years, and has business tied to it, then that is a legit argument.

And, seriously, the other girl is actually allowing this to go to court? It takes like a whole 20 seconds to change one's username on Twitter, and all your followers automatically go to your new username. I would have changed it to GeekGirl2, and just have avoided the legal costs.

Re:Who will win? (5, Informative)

gravis777 (123605) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280136)

BTW, in reading the article, the one who is sueing has had the trademark since 1995, the second one registared, but was not approved, in January of this year. Sounds like a legit complaint to me.

Re:Who will win? (3, Funny)

gijoel (628142) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280284)

Nah, this is Australia Mate.

It goes to the one with the biggest knife!

geekgirl fight (1)

OffTheWallSoccer (1699154) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278530)

When chicks fight on the Internet...

Most importantly (0, Flamebait)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278532)

Is either one of them hot?

Which one is here on Slashdot? (3, Insightful)

Fujisawa Sensei (207127) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278564)

Which one hangs out on Slashdot?

If neither of them do than neither deserves the trademark.

Re:Which one is here on Slashdot? (4, Funny)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278686)

http://slashdot.org/~geekgirl/friends [slashdot.org]
Pre-twitter uid i think.
Probably a man though ; ).

Re:Which one is here on Slashdot? (2, Interesting)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279134)

One of the "girls" filed for trademark in 95 so that could be her on slashdot. I say the new girl just go 1337 using geekgrrl instead, but geekgirl 95 is stupid if she hasn't been actively using the trademark for 15 yrs and now tries to defend it

Re:Which one is here on Slashdot? (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279614)

Probably a man though ; ).

ObAdequacy.org

http://www.adequacy.org/stories/2001.10.2.33542.4010.html [adequacy.org]

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<linuxbabe> no no no. in the first place you never had a modem you had a winmodem. in the second place its M$ fault that the drivers are closed and you can go to jail for trying to reverse engineer them like this guy dimitri skylab and the DMCA. its nothing to do with linux that M$ fills the world with its proprietary crap

<jsm> But in terms of actually getting my computer to work with Linux, I get the impression that it won't?

<linuxbabe> M$ should have to open up the drivers have you read CatB? and vaio sucks because they won't open up their standards either.

<jsm> Congratulations on wasting half an hour of my life, you fucking loser. And stop pretending to be a fucking woman. Your advice is useless. You, and the other hundred members of the so called fucking Linux community for which you stand, have broken my computer, wasted my time, patronised me senseless, revealed your lack of real knowledge, patronised me again and you *still* can't get something as simple as a fucking laptop computer to fucking work. Your so called free fucking software, like your

<jsm> so called fucking free advice, is still too fucking expensive. I cannot believe that you have so little fucking self-respect that in order to find the attention you clearly crave, you have to spend your life lying about the usability of a fucking computer operating system, purely for the joy of creating problems which you can then pretend to solve. You are worse than a fucking fireman who sets buildings on fire. I have had enough of your fucking Munchausen-by-proxy version of tech support. Now get off

<jsm> this fucking channel, hunt down someone who knows what they're fucking doing and bring them here or I will never, repeat never, use your fucking system ag ....

Good times. Good times.

dear internet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278628)

those who are incapable of thinking of creative and individual names and resort to legal shenanigans
to defend their lack of creativity will be laughed to oblivion

MGT, THE
Usenet Central Administration
1060 W. Addison Chicago, IL 60636

Re:dear internet (1)

asukasoryu (1804858) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278706)

I agree with you here. I understand Cross wanted to make herself identifiable for business reasons. But "geekgirl" is obviously not unique enough and she should concede. I seriously doubt she can lay claim to being the geekgirl above all others.

Re:dear internet (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279638)

I agree with you here. I understand Cross wanted to make herself identifiable for business reasons. But "geekgirl" is obviously not unique enough and she should concede. I seriously doubt she can lay claim to being the geekgirl above all others.

What if she could demonstrate it, Highlander style?

Re:dear internet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32279298)

I got the address off of SCMODS: State County Municipal Offender Data System.

Australian trademark law must be very different. (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278732)

n/t

Re:Australian trademark law must be very different (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278770)

Or is it that both are using the mark to sell the same "service"?

Why 'girl'? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278754)

Why do women, even the most intelligent ones, tend to use the word girl in their names?

Is it for attention? It sounds fucking stupid. Just like when I see boy in a name, I tend to think the person behind it is a dimwitted moron with no imagination.

(Anonymous Coward is so much more impressive.)

Re:Why 'girl'? (3, Funny)

Infiniti2000 (1720222) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279090)

Would you prefer to see geekbitch?

Re:Why 'girl'? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32280040)

Next you will suggest geekqueen.

It would be cool for us geeks to have a self-appointed queen, though. But not a king. We're too arrogant.

Re:Why 'girl'? (1)

toastar (573882) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280598)

Next you will suggest geekqueen.

It would be cool for us geeks to have a self-appointed queen, though. But not a king. We're too arrogant.

I prefer the gender agnostic term, AlphaGeek

Re:Why 'girl'? (2, Interesting)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279166)

It is for attention, of course; but it works, so I'm not sure how stupid it is. You might say, "It's not the right sort of attention!" but this is Earth, we are humans, and most people are influenced by sexuality. IOW, if you're going to get a little more of what you want - whether that's money, employment prospects, miscellaneous favours or simply admirers - from pointing out that I'm a girl, then you might do so.

Meanwhile, if you're a straight male - no matter how "intelligent" - you might be just a little bit nicer to the skirt than the fat greybeard. Doing so (or wanting to do so, even if you try and fail at repressing it) is what defines you as heterosexual rather than homosexual or asexual, after all.

Re:Why 'girl'? (1)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279480)

Meanwhile, if you're a straight male - no matter how "intelligent" - you might be just a little bit nicer to the skirt than the fat greybeard. Doing so (or wanting to do so, even if you try and fail at repressing it) is what defines you as heterosexual rather than homosexual or asexual, after all.

Are you saying all men are sexist or gay?

Re:Why 'girl'? (2, Insightful)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280458)

Only to the extent that I'm saying all straight men are straight.

IOW, all straight men will treat particular women in a way that they'd never treat any man, by definition. A man never has the opportunity to be treated that way by a straight man, because he is a man. For example, if you were a straight woman and I were a straight woman, there'd no chance that you'd treat me 'specially nice because you feel romantically/sexually inclined toward me; but if you were a man, you might do such a thing. In this latter case I thus have a potential advantage over men when it comes to getting what I want from you - but I can't gain that advantage unless you're aware of (1) my gender; (2) things about me that make me attractive to you.

The same applies for straight women to men, and gays to etc. How to act to elicit that response depends on biological and cultural factors.

Re:Why 'girl'? (1)

HikingStick (878216) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279552)

Just like when I see boy in a name.

What? Like "fanboy"?

Re:Why 'girl'? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32279898)

No I mean like these: http://www.hi5.com/friend/processBrowseSearch.do?searchText=boy [hi5.com]

My favorite in that list being HunkBoy. ...

Reading the Internet sometimes makes me wish I was born without the sense of self-awareness.

Re:Why 'girl'? (1)

mcvos (645701) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279948)

Why do women, even the most intelligent ones, tend to use the word girl in their names?

Geekwoman just doesn't sound the same.

Just like when I see boy in a name, I tend to think the person behind it is a dimwitted moron with no imagination.

Yeah, Geekman is much better.

Re:Why 'girl'? (1)

Marianne013 (1323185) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280388)

Why do women, even the most intelligent ones, tend to use the word girl in their names?

Answer: They don't. I find it quite offensive to be called a girl no matter what the context. I cringe when allegedly grown-ups use it to describe themselves. My four year old is a girl, I am not (any more and haven't been in along time). On that note, I am not 'Miss' either. I am a grown woman who happens to be good with computers.

Re:Why 'girl'? (2, Insightful)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280774)

Gender-non-specific Marianne,

Answer: They don't. I find it quite offensive to be called a girl no matter what the context.

That's where your understanding of communication and the concept of freedom of speech fails. Without context, it is entirely irrational to find a naming offensive. Take nigger, cunt and moron: the words all have baggage, but "nigger" is an entirely friendly greeting among some groups; "cunt" is infinitely less "offensive" than "vagina", which reduces the definition of the cunt to a receptacle for a man's penis; and "moron" can be anything from a clinical diagnosis to a humorous self-deprecation: "I'm a moron, sorry".

Let's take some examples. I might greet you, "Hey, girl!" If you find that offensive, you have issues. I might be meeting a group of women including you after work: "I'm meeting the girls." If you find that offensive, you have issues. I might be a 90 year old woman seeing you (accurately) chronologically closer to a 5 year old than myself, and refer to you as, "the you girl over there". If you find that offensive, you have issues.

Finally, fuck you and your whining at being offended. You can call me whatever you want without intending to harm me and I'll either take it as you meant it, laugh at the double entendre, or ignore you. But god knows I don't care whether you call me boy, girl, dude, sweetie, babe, hunk, chickadee, Mr Universe, Miss Universe or even use my real name. And even if you are trying to insult me, I won't bitch about "being offended": I'll consider your comment and either work on the underlying criticism, or ignore you for being a tart.

My four year old is a girl, I am not (any more and haven't been in along time).

Uhuh, you get to choose what words mean when you're referring to others; but others must choose your meaning when they're referring to you. Don't think so, toots.

On that note, I am not 'Miss' either. I am a grown woman who happens to be good with computers.

The use of gender-specific titles is a bit silly, but who cares? Feel free to call me Mr, Mrs, Miss, Reverend, Sir, Lord or Generalissimo. Whatever floats your boat.

Re:Why 'girl'? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32281012)

You've made three posts on Slashdot. One's about not working on weekends. The next talks about your teenage kid and how your husband is cute. The third talks about your younger kid and whines about men stereotyping you.

I'm sorry, but I had to laugh.

Re:Why 'girl'? (1)

uniquegeek (981813) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280404)

Referencing yourself as "girl" when it can be linked to your real self is not the wisest thing to do from a professional standpoint.

"geekgirl" just doesn't inspire an image of professional capacity to me. The use of the word "chick" in the username bugs me for the same reason. Why are these women fighting for its use when it's related to their professional context?

Sometimes identifying oneself as female in a username comes off as begging for attention (or maybe just acknowledging it), but it can also be used purposefully (i.e. indicating to people on a forum that yes, really, there are women here). I tend to avoid its use, and when I do use it, it's certainly not "girl" or "chick".

Take the webmaster of LJ, for example. She feels the need to use "webmistress" and use an avatar of a blonde in black leather S&M gear... with her real name beside it. What does that do to her professional credibility, and how well do you think other professional women appreciate it? What does that do to men's attitudes about women in IT?

Re:Why 'girl'? (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#32281002)

Why do rodeo contestants, even the most macho and mature ones, always calls themselves "cowboys"?

it sounds like you can own it (1)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278794)

geek & girl are common terms, anyone can be a geek and there are lots of girls out there so it is only natural some of those girls are going to be geeks (pencilneck not included)

Heh! Let them fight. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32278820)

While they're busy with that, I'll just claim the "Tubgirl" trademark for myself.

Re:Heh! Let them fight. (2, Funny)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279672)

What about trademarking "Two Girls, One Trademark"?

Betrayal of geekdom (5, Insightful)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278840)

Anyone who claims a trademark on such a generic term should hand in their geek card and instead join the Patent Troll Club. :-(

Re:Betrayal of geekdom (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32279156)

Was it generic in 1995?

Re:Betrayal of geekdom (2, Funny)

mcvos (645701) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279974)

Was it generic in 1995?

It is now. Like kleenex.

trademark law (2, Informative)

TheSHAD0W (258774) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278856)

According to trademark law (at least in the US), if you don't defend your trademark you risk losing it. This unfortunately means people with trademarks wind up setting lawyers on everyone who produces anything vaguely familiar to that trademark, even if they don't particularly want to. Don't know whether it's true in this case, but it would be improper to jump to conclusions.

Re:trademark law (1)

someone1234 (830754) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279146)

Common words shouldn't be trademarked. Yeah, like Apple and Windows.
And apparently, GeekGirl.

Re:trademark law (2, Interesting)

Dragonslicer (991472) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279470)

Common words shouldn't be trademarked. Yeah, like Apple and Windows.

Why not? Sure, you can't have copyright on common words, you can't prevent people from using those words in the context of their normal definition, and you can't prevent people from using those words as names of companies in other industries. If I open "Eastern Computer, Inc.", then I don't see why someone else who wants to open a computer shop across the street shouldn't be required to come up with a different name. It's not like you could prevent someone from opening "Eastern Dry Cleaners" or "Eastern Plumbing".

What would Australian law say herer (1)

silentcoder (1241496) | more than 4 years ago | (#32278968)

As far as I know most trademark laws have specific restrictions to prevent abuse as a form of censorship.
Trademarks are meant to be a CONSUMER protection device, not a corporate IP tool.

What's next, Intel forbidding us to use the word Intel to talk about their company ? Of course not. It's only a trademark violation if we try to call another company (in the SAME sphere of business) by that name.

So I don't see how using the word, even IF it's trademarked could be a violation.

With that said, there are other restrictions - you cannot trademark a common word (so no you can't trademark 'beer') and I think geekgirl has been in common usage for a very long time now (though I doubt the average employee of the trademark office would have heard it).

The other restrictions are not really applicable here I think (like you have to defend it or lose it).

Mind you - in most systems at least - you LOSE a trademark if it becomes common usage even AFTER it's registered. This happened in the past to both kleenex and band-aid.

I am quite sure that Cross has no legal leg to stand on and any decent lawyer ought to inform her of this fact, unless the Australian trademark law is by far the most draconian and missapplied such law I have ever heard of.

thought i saw a geekgirl moniker here on slashdot (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279018)

or was it geekgrrl?

ah yes:

http://slashdot.org/~geekgrrl [slashdot.org]

what say you, resident trademark pseudoinfringer?

Re:thought i saw a geekgirl moniker here on slashd (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32280318)

1999? Holy shit, that was like, before the Internet, man!

I didn't know women existed way back then! Whoa.

is the trademark with or without the "#"? (2, Funny)

Chapter80 (926879) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279020)

There's about an 11 or 12 % difference between geekgirl and #geekgirl. What's she got the trademark on?

As a side note, who volunteers to "pound-geekgirl", as "#geekgirl" invites? (better than hashing her...)

Re:is the trademark with or without the "#"? (2, Insightful)

Theaetetus (590071) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279234)

There's about an 11 or 12 % difference between geekgirl and #geekgirl. What's she got the trademark on?

Irrelevant, since # is a prefix required by the system. There's about a 38% difference between Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola.com, but just try to claim that there's no likelihood of confusion there.

Re:is the trademark with or without the "#"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32279396)

There's no confusion there, except if you're a terrorist!

Re:is the trademark with or without the "#"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32280376)

Pounding geek-girl?

Sounds like the name of a pr0n flick.

Meow! (2, Funny)

scotbuff (656541) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279308)

Meow!

She's had enuff hasnt she... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32279452)

LEAVE GEEKGIRL ALONE {Crying Gay-ly} leave geekgirl alone

Easiest solution (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279542)

Let the hottest one win

Re:Easiest solution (2, Insightful)

XAD1975 (1628499) | more than 4 years ago | (#32279860)

How about a mud fight?

Oil (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280310)

Light Vegetable Oil is better, if you want to see the sexy bits. And it increases the chance of losing whatever clothing might still be on. Mud just obfuscates things.

Re:Oil (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#32281042)

Neither one of you has any imagination. The optimum media for wrestling in is obviously strawberry Jello!

The label "mine" is mine. (1)

headbone (914314) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280074)

I write "mine" on my lunch bag etc. I may label tools and other things with "mine." This is only unambiguous if I'm the only person on the planet that does this. Consider yourself notified as of now.

Re:The label "mine" is mine. (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#32281082)

I just write "Property of Asshole" on everything I own. I have very few problems with other people claiming ownership. However, I do often get told, "This must be yours, asshole!"

Wrong way of fighting it (1)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280098)

You don't support a broken system by trying to use it yourself. You just ignore it.

If Carruthers believes that geekgirl should be in common usage, then she should just keep on using it, encouraging others to use it, and laugh off Cross and her silly demands until she gets over herself and realises that her opportunity to assert ownership of that trademark was 1995, not 2010.

Trademarking a letter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32280162)

So they have trademarks on words now, eh? Can't wait to get my trademark on the letter 'a'.

Undefended, thus lost (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280254)

Registered in 95 and only now contesting its use? Sounds like someone didn't defend his trade mark.

NEXT CASE!

Lame moniker (1)

toxonix (1793960) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280442)

A geek girl is one who likes computers, games, similar geeky things. A 1337B337CH is one who uses her h4x0r skills to pwn noobz like these self proclaimed geeks.

How can they trademark something this common? (3, Insightful)

meerling (1487879) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280518)

Shortly after geek was being used in a non-negative way to refer to computer enthusiasts, geekgirl started being used for clarification purposes due to the extreme gender bias people have of thinking of geeks as an all male group. Heck, I even went to college with a girl that had a binary square tattoo that was ascii for geekgirl.

This entire case reeks of horse manure in my opinion.

Too descriptive for trademark (1)

Adammil2000 (797026) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280628)

Most trademark offices won't let you trademark a name that describes the thing in question. That's why people invent product names like Coca Cola, Pepsi, etc. because you cannot trademark descriptive names like brown fizzy drink, bubbly soda, etc.

Fuck it (1)

abbynormal brain (1637419) | more than 4 years ago | (#32280648)

... I'm trademarking: and, the, a, of, I, who, what, when, where, and whole list of others ... AND THEN you'll all rue the day!
(seriously - where does this shit end?)

One good thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32280860)

At least I know now that the US isn't the only country with a completely incompetent PTO.

Common usage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32280932)

Geekgirl has been in continuous use for decades to describe dorky ladies.

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