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Intel Puts The Squeeze On ... A Yoga Foundation?

timothy posted about 12 years ago | from the making-chips-instead-of-license-plates dept.

Intel 389

geogeek6_7 writes: "Intel Inc., everyone's favorite chipmaker, has apparently decided that they own the rights to the word 'Inside.' In proceedings bordering on the line of frivolity, the Yoga Inside Foundation has been tagged with trademark infringment in papers submitted to the PTO by Intel. The article states that Intel will most likely use the Trademark Dilution Act of 1995 in court." Don't worry, Intel doesn't want every instance of the word "Inside" -- only the ones that come right after another word. (Look at the meaning of "Inside" that the YIF is referring to, and the story gets even more absurd.)

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First post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3251723)

First post for the glory of Cthulhu

trademarks (2, Insightful)

56ker (566853) | about 12 years ago | (#3251729)

I thought trademarks (at least in the U.K.) were only applicable to a particular market - ie you could call your company Windows if it cleaned windows - but if it made computer operating systems it would be a trademark infringement with Microsoft.

Re:trademarks (2, Informative)

jnana (519059) | about 12 years ago | (#3251752)

Not according to the Trademark Dilution Act (in the U.S.). The article states that "the Trademark Dilution Act adopted by Congress in 1995 is specifically intended to protect the famous brands of major U.S. corporations. The law seeks to safeguard well-established brands from upstarts even in unrelated industries."

FP!! (0, Offtopic)

timothy (editor) (569944) | about 12 years ago | (#3251782)

First editor post!!

But seriosly. I have been seeing more and more of this. Little guys being hounded by big corporations over abstruse copyright infringement for seemingly no reason.

Windows vs. Lindows

Mcdonalds vs. McDonald's bakery in Scotland.

Paramount vs. Harry Potter fansites

etc, etc, etc

Re:FP!! (1)

mycal (135781) | about 12 years ago | (#3251824)

As I understand the intent, there should be no problem calling somting:

slashdot windows -or- slashdot word

I know this is not how the law works in practice, but it is how the tradmark law it is written.

Thats why you usually see tradmarks using made up words, or combinations of words, since you should not be able to trademark common words.


gee... (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3251734)

imo, it's extremely easy to not confuse "Yoga Inside" with "Intel Inside (tm)". Anyone who finds some type of link between those two please speak up.

TV Small Court of Sanity (5, Insightful)

ghostlibrary (450718) | about 12 years ago | (#3251738)

I think there should be a new reality TV Show, "Small Court of Sanity". Unlike current People's Court/Judge Judy TV shows, where individuals do small claims, this would be the first case where any lawsuit by a multimillion dollar company vs a much smaller entity would be aired.

Yep, the big companies would _have_ to use this court before the case was allowed to go (via appeal) to the usual federal courts. No lawyers, just like small court-- just the 2 sides presenting their case to a telegenic judge. Shown publically, to expose how ludicrious this is.

Court costs would, of course, be covered by advertising. The rest would go to the US gov't (thus probably wiping out the national debt in just 3 seasons...)

And hey, once the corps realized that the negative PR cost of being displayed as total loons on daytime TV cost more than nuking some pitiful NPO or individual, maybe fewer would be filed.

At least moving these things away from the horrible, horrible process that is our modern judiciary would give some recourse to individuals and small entities. You know it's bad when I'm recommending jerry springer-like exposure over the court system.

Keeping up Appearances. (4, Insightful)

tcd004 (134130) | about 12 years ago | (#3251740)

"Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said the company knows it could come off looking to some like a bully."

This is the understatement of the year.

The yoga people are offering the Intel Exec's free lessons so that they can learn to be a little more "flexible." If I were in Intel PR, I'd jump on that opportunity right away, and issue a press release the next morning.

Witness the rebirth of ENRON! [lostbrain.com]


Re:Keeping up Appearances. (3, Funny)

AnalogBoy (51094) | about 12 years ago | (#3251953)

Hmm. Who knows, if the BigCo[tm] C?O's took yoga from these people, maybe the world would be a bigger practice. Western "Spanish Inquisition" tactics giving way to eastern philosophy.. a new synergy could form among the tech industry.. Sun & Intel get together to form the most powerful and cheap chips to empower everyone on the planet for their own good.. Sun, RedHat, and Microsoft get together to make a unified OS with the powers of each and the weaknesses of none that anyone on the planet could use simply, but would handle the most difficult task with sveltely..

Err.. hold on... this isn't a marlboro.

Microsoft sues Skin-so-soft (1)

HalB (127906) | about 12 years ago | (#3251743)

Next, Microsoft will be suing Skin-so-soft skin lotion and bug repellent.

Re:Microsoft sues Skin-so-soft (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3251779)

Does Avon actually market that as a bug repellant now?

They used to not do that (despite selling it in a pump dispenser, for obvious uses) because of some bullshit about regulations goverening chemical insect repellants they didn't want to have to deal with.

Nevertheless, the high-caliber Muskol (there are two flavours, one with green cap, one with red. the red one is like 95% repllant) kicks SSS's ass.

New warning sign at Intel's headquarters... (5, Funny)

tshak (173364) | about 12 years ago | (#3251746)

WARNING: Lawyers Inside.

Re:New warning sign at Intel's headquarters... (1)

56ker (566853) | about 12 years ago | (#3251882)

Do you reckon Intel'll sue you now then? :o)

Re:New letter for Intel HQ (2, Funny)

56ker (566853) | about 12 years ago | (#3251903)

Dear trademark infringer,
Please stop using our trademark Inside - or we'll put you inside.

Or. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3251995)

Intel: Full of shit inside.

Intel had better watch out... (3, Funny)

roseanne (541833) | about 12 years ago | (#3251747)

What with going after a *yoga* school, all that bad karma could hammer them down.


The difference between karma and /. karma (4, Informative)

yerricde (125198) | about 12 years ago | (#3251915)

all that bad karma could hammer them down.

The difference between Hindu karma and Slashdot "karma" (capped cumulative moderation result) is that with Hindu karma, you can't just reset your karma to neutral by killing yourself (i.e. creating another account). Your karma (action) has to follow dharma (the good way) if you want the god to give you the Bonus in the next life. See also Hindu Karma FAQ [about.com].

intersting tactics.... (0, Flamebait)

Phosphor3k (542747) | about 12 years ago | (#3251749)

Step 1) Start making an an inferior product.
Step 2) Go "tradmark enforcment crazy"
Step 3) Profit???

Enough already!!! (2)

Robber Baron (112304) | about 12 years ago | (#3251751)

He said the "instant recognition and appeal" of the "blank inside" format stems from "Intel's enormous investment of over a decade of time and money."

Somebody PLEASE find a prior use example of "(fill in the blank) inside", and kill this one dead! It needs to be stomped on!

Shakespeare had the right idea, though I would also add corporations to the list of things that need killing.

Re:Enough already!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3251763)

You fucking idiot.

Re:Enough already!!! (1)

barfy (256323) | about 12 years ago | (#3251764)

Prior art has NOTHING to do with trademark infringement. (It does have something to do with patents...)

Vigorous defense of trademarks is a requirement to keep trademarks, or else you lose them. Like Aspirin.

Unfortunately, this is currently the way it is. (

Re:Enough already!!! (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | about 12 years ago | (#3251795)

I thought Bayer, the good people that brought us Heroin, lost the trademark for Aspirin following World War One when the US found out they had made chemcial weapons for Germany, they lost Aspirin in the US, and only recently bought it back, so Bayer Aspirin is once again really from Bayer I.G.

Re:Enough already!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3251812)

> Somebody PLEASE find a prior use example of "(fill in the blank) inside"

There's always the ever-popular "come inside".

Re:Enough already!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3251840)

I'd be surprised if you found a company using this type of name that was founded after Intel's trademark. That's what Intel wants. If the courts let this one pass, than a computer company with the name "Shintel Inside" could use this case as proof that the trademark is invalid. My $0.02.

Trade*mark (2)

FreeMath (230584) | about 12 years ago | (#3251753)

Is it just me or do trademarks have nothing to do with specific trades anymore. I could understand Intel being pissed about another chip maker using "foo inside" to promote their products. Hey it's just like patents, too broad and seriously abused.

Hmmm (1)

Wheaty18 (465429) | about 12 years ago | (#3251755)

So does this mean Dodge owns the rights to the word "Different"?

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3252015)

Nope, butit means Apple can sue Dodge for using the word Different which they used first.

BNF Copyright (2)

JAVAC THE GREAT (239850) | about 12 years ago | (#3251756)

In other words, I guess Intel is claiming to have copyrighted the production

I think the international copyright laws should be updated to allow regular expressions, and attribute grammars.

The Intel Lawyer Trademark (5, Funny)

Black Art (3335) | about 12 years ago | (#3251760)

I guess the lawyers for Intel have a trademark on "Evil Inside".

I guess their lawyers figure people will confused between yoga and a company with their head up their ass.

Law requires rigorous defense (1)

shadowplay (25867) | about 12 years ago | (#3251769)

"trademark law requires a vigorous defense of one's brand at all times"

This has more to do with the silliness of precedent in trademark law than anything else. Unfortunatly no matter what kind of trademark you had you would be expected to go the distance defending it or risk losing it. Of course you know this because ou read the article :).

Maybe someone should apply this logic to the registration of domain names. Then possibly I could get ahold of a few that have been squated on for several years with no actual site.

Dear God, is there no way... (2, Funny)

Oswald (235719) | about 12 years ago | (#3251777)

...we can post stories like this so only the U.S. citizens can see them? This is humiliating.

Re:Dear God, is there no way... (4, Informative)

Ozan (176854) | about 12 years ago | (#3251996)

Oh there are other countries' companies who act so bully. For example Deutsche Telekom [telekom.de], who had a daughter T-Online sued anyone who had a word beginning with 'T-' as mark, e.g. "T-arif". They even sued someone who used magenta as main color in his website because, according to them, the color was associated with Telekom too much.

Re:But the Chinese aren't even cloning people! (1)

tumbaumba (547886) | about 12 years ago | (#3252008)

You should stop associating yourself with the country you live or/and born and that would solve the problem of humiliating.

Effecting the bottom line (1)

Torinaga-Sama (189890) | about 12 years ago | (#3251778)

All right listen up CEOs. Bottom line nipping you in the bottom? I have the perfect solution. Fire your entire legal department. You will be doing the world a favor and saving a pretty penny.

What is Intel thinking? If they want to waste money on something useless they should buy all slashdot reads Aeron chairs.

At least that would be good PR.

Divine Right (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3251783)

In other news, God has declared he own's the rights to the word "Outside".
"I created it!" says God, "heck, I created the English language!"

Re:Divine Right (1)

LPetrazickis (557952) | about 12 years ago | (#3251928)

In other news, God has declared he own's the rights to the word "Outside".
"I created it!" says God, "heck, I created the English language!"

Prove it. I've got plenty of expert witnesses who'll testify to Anglo-Saxo-Norma-Britons having done that.;)

Trademark families (1)

Knight of the Sad Co (22131) | about 12 years ago | (#3251785)

To ensure that it will win this sort of trademark war, Intel purchased all of the existing ``* Inside'' trademarks. They have been serious about this issue for years.

Deranged (1)

borgheron (172546) | about 12 years ago | (#3251798)

It's a deranged world we live in. Chew on this Intel:

Me Inside
You Inside
Knowledge Inside
Mac OS Inside
Linux Inside
DOS Inside
Motorola Inside

Who can believe the load of bull corporations are dealing out nowadays. The freaking lawyers are in charge.



Re:Deranged (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3251823)

They always are. Like pieces of diarrhea they always float to the top of any political system. Politics->law->lawyers->uncomprehensible law->gravvy train for lawyers. There is no escape. No hope.

They HAVE to do it you see. (0)

Lord Hugh Toppingham (319381) | about 12 years ago | (#3251802)

Because its the LAW of the land.

If you don't like it, VOTE FOR SOMEONE ELSE.

How difficult is it for you damn Americans to elect politicians that do what you want them to ?

Oh I forgot. You already do.

Re:They HAVE to do it you see. (1)

The_Dougster (308194) | about 12 years ago | (#3251861)

Its almost impossible to elect sensible politicians. Over half the voting population are senior citizens, about half of the rest are doofus's. That leaves about 25% intelligent informed voters. No way we can win unless it just perchance happens that the sensible candidate appeals to the seniors and doofus's as well. Unfortunately this is an oxymoron.

Not in defense of Intel, but... (1)

zfractal (170078) | about 12 years ago | (#3251804)

Defend your trademark or lose it.

Re:Not in defense of Intel, but... (1)

27ascii (555845) | about 12 years ago | (#3251921)

I seriously doubt that Intel goes looking for this kind of thing, but the precedent has been set. Holding a trademark today means that every effort to defend it must be made. Obviously nobody would confuse the two brands. I worked for a company that had "Shack" in the name and Tandy went after the owner. Tandy claimed that consumers would be confused, and mistake our business with Radio Shack. The point here is that both Tandy and Intel were forced to file suit to show that the trademark would be defended. Hopefully the matter can be solved out of court, for example Intel offered to cover the cost of changing names. If the court rules in favor of Intel (I doubt that it will, it is a fairly weak case) we should not direct our contempt towards Intel and other trademark holders for following the rules. What needs to be changed here is the precedent, and maybe all of the trademark laws to account for situations like this.

That's not all they own (1)

cscx (541332) | about 12 years ago | (#3251805)

According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, [uspto.gov] Intel has a trademark on "bunny people." Looks to me like clean room IC fabrication is up shit creek across the United States!

Re:That's not all they own (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3251815)

>Intel has a trademark on "bunny people."

I bet Energizer would be happy to receiver this in an email...

Re:That's not all they own (2)

Silver222 (452093) | about 12 years ago | (#3251973)

Geez, I wonder if they are going to sue Echo and the Bunnymen next. I wouldn't fucking doubt it after this.

So High Inside (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3251807)

Ummm, I'm embarassed to say this, but I'm an Intel shareholder and I think they're totally off-base on this one...

There is ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, UNEQUIVOCABLY NO FUCKING WAY that I think of Intel when looking at the Yoga people's site...

I don't think of a computer, etc... Rather I think of peace, harmony, and balance being promoted in areas which are typically devoid of such things... Oh wait, I guess I am thinking of computers...NOT!

Someone PLEASE whack the lawyers with large sticks, then make them pee in little cups. If there was ever a case of probable cause for drug use, this is it - right here, right now (sorry... no infringing use of the song by the same name was intended...)...

Friggin morons - stock price is in the toilet, so stop wasting money on bullshit like this, and RESEARCH SOMETHING that will improve the stock... arrrrgh! Didn't they see the case on Windows v. Lindows? If *THAT* wasn't diluting (and it was in the same industry), how in the hell does Yoga infringe?

in other news... (2)

llamalicious (448215) | about 12 years ago | (#3251810)

...bending your legs up and over your head is now a violation of the DMCA.

Re:in other news... (1)

Derleth (197102) | about 12 years ago | (#3251924)

bending your legs up and over your head is now a violation of the DMCA.

Damn. Now Gates can't suck his own dick, and all those who shove their heads up their asses are in deep shit.

Maybe if enough Congresscritters get burned on the second count we can finally get the DMCA repealed.

-Derleth, or "Go Stick Your Head in a Pig!"

Inside Windows (2, Funny)

bstadil (7110) | about 12 years ago | (#3251813)

Select this as the new name for you "Greenhouse DYI kit" and you will get "two for One" Lawsuits.

Intel is just protecting consumer rights (5, Funny)

1001 0000 (464062) | about 12 years ago | (#3251816)

I called intel tech support and they said the reason my new CPU won't boot is because its actually a 2 week yoga program. I felt a little embarrassed, but the techie said it's a common complaint and Intel is working on it.

Companies doing stupid things (1)

h4l0 (561266) | about 12 years ago | (#3251817)

This is really getting to the point of rediculousness. All these companies coming up with completely frivoulous lawsuits needs to stop. as soon as a judge gets ahold of this case he should throw it right out the window.

Re:Companies doing stupid things (1)

waerloga01 (308176) | about 12 years ago | (#3251909)

> .. he should throw it right out the window.

I don't think he could do that.
Otherwise, Mircosoft might sue him for using windows.

(pssst...it's funny, laugh)

They're all spoiled, now. (5, Insightful)

Corvaith (538529) | about 12 years ago | (#3251818)

Once upon a time, people worried about trademarks. They worried about trademarks because 'aspirin' had become a generic, and they worried that this might happen to them. They wanted to protect what was theirs. Companies competed with each other, and it was good.

Capitalism is good, in its pure and properly practiced form--unfortunately, so is any other form of economy. The bigger companies contributed to political campaigns, and so they began to get judges to rule in their favor even when, perhaps, it wasn't something they really had a right to. They paid for privacy when someone should have looked over their shoulders.

And then it gradually came to the point where large businesses *expected* this privilege. I can't blame Intel because they're behaving in a way which corporate America not only accepts but encourages. They're no longer motivated by a search for prosperity but by mere greed--they are the gluttons who want more food even when they can't eat anymore.

These lawsuits are the symptoms, not the disease. People need to become aware of the business practices of the companies they patronize, and modify their spending habits appropriately. They need to let their representatives know that the interests of business aren't *their* interests.

Once the people take the power *back* from the corporations, maybe the world will regain some of its sanity again. Remember, in America, even if you can't vote, you are an all-important Consumer--pay attention to the choices you make.

Sorry to take the corporate side, but... (1, Funny)

acoustiq (543261) | about 12 years ago | (#3251820)

I have to agree with Intel on this one. How would you feel if you spent billions on an ad campaign, and then another company decided to change one word (which, in this case, constitutes half your slogan) and register it as its own? Obviously, Intel and the yoga foundation are not competitors in any sense, but it simply "isn't fair" to piggy-back on the expensive brainwashing Intel's already done. I'm sure Apple would be annoyed with anyone who made "<blank> different" their slogan. Of course, Microsoft will never have this problem because its slogans are always some variation of "it just works," which it could never prove in court it has a right to use anyway.

Re:Sorry to take the corporate side, but... (1)

DEBEDb (456706) | about 12 years ago | (#3251884)

but it simply "isn't fair" to piggy-back on the expensive brainwashing Intel's already done

Read the article. They were not using it
because of Intel's campaign, so nobody's
piggy-backing anything.

Re:Sorry to take the corporate side, but... (1)

mycal (135781) | about 12 years ago | (#3251888)

How would you like it if microsoft went after all the window guys in your town?

Anderson windows, quick windows, mike's windows....

Lots of these companies are new, lots of them old, is it fair for the new
window installer in your town to piggyback on "microsoft widnows" the operating
system for his "glass" window shop?

I think intel has nothing "inside" to stand on.


Re:Sorry to take the corporate side, but... (2)

Silver222 (452093) | about 12 years ago | (#3251993)

You're full of shit.

If the slogan was "Intel Yoga", then Intel might have a point. What would you find acceptable next? Maybe JetBlue suing anyone who dares to use the world "blue" in their business name? That's half of their name, right? Who cares if it happens to be a common word in the English language.

Humor - confusing Intel and Yoga? (2)

Seth Finkelstein (90154) | about 12 years ago | (#3251821)

From the article:
Intel isn't like a tree swaying in the wind?

"I haven't seen much flexibility so far," Stephens replied.

I dunno. It seems to me that Intel is pretty contorted here. They've certainly done a lot of twisting. Maybe even performed with their corporate body, what might be termed, in a very subtle and euphemistic sense, a "yogic posture".

Sig: What Happened To The Censorware Project (censorware.org) [sethf.com]

Re:Humor - confusing Intel and Yoga? (1)

Derleth (197102) | about 12 years ago | (#3251894)

Maybe even performed with their corporate body, what might be termed, in a very subtle and euphemistic sense, a "yogic posture".

If you're going to call sticking your head in your ass a 'yogic posture', that would make both Redmond and Washington, DC hotbeds of yoga activity.

Rush Out 'n' Register (5, Funny)

nick_davison (217681) | about 12 years ago | (#3251827)

It kind of makes want to rush out and register "Just To Make Our Lawyers Fuzzy Inside". Just picture the court room.

"Yes, your honor, we are suing Just To Make Our Lawyers Fuzzy Inside"

Finally, some honesty in the legal system. :)

NIN (4, Funny)

Waffle Iron (339739) | about 12 years ago | (#3251837)

In other news, the rock band Nine Inch Nails was forced to recall copies of it's blockbuster album "The Downward Spiral" from store shelves. This in response to intense government pressure calling for censorship of the lyrics to the hit song "Closer".

They will be shortly re-issuing the CD with these sanitized lyrics that are more compatible with current American sensitivities:

I want to FUCK you like an animal

I want to feel you from the in***e

When asked for comment, band leader Trent Reznor said: "Yeah, I'm upset about this. But I feel better knowing that I've personally scored more chicks than all of the dorks working at Intel combined."

Re:NIN (1, Offtopic)

rehannan (98364) | about 12 years ago | (#3251885)

Woh, freaky. Just when I came to your comment, NIN Closer came up in my winamp playlist.

Re:NIN (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#3251983)

even weirder, when I saw your comment the butthole surfers had just shuffled on in my iTunes list.

Intel says they HAVE to defend their trademark (1)

dcavens (178673) | about 12 years ago | (#3251849)

Intel acknowledge in the article that it's not likely to look good, but they say they have to defend their trademark. From the article:

..knows it could come off looking to some like a bully.

"We're certainly sensitive about that," he said. "But our hands are tied because of the way the law is structured."

Mulloy said the nature of trademark law requires a vigorous defense of one's brand at all times, whether or not the perceived violator competes in the same industry.

"We can't let a precedent be set," he explained. " 'Yoga Inside' might not sound bad, but what happens when someone comes along with 'Apple Inside'?

Seems a pretty reasonable explanation- maybe we should be blaming Washington..

This is not the first time. (2)

Performer Guy (69820) | about 12 years ago | (#3251868)

Intel stopped Silicon Graphics making T-shirts with a logo which said "Attitude Inside". It did have a little swirl like the Intel logo though so it was sailing closer to the wind than the yoga thing.

not suprised.. (0)

Noobie (516574) | about 12 years ago | (#3251873)

Here in Finland you can even patent or trademark colours (Fazer blue) and ringtones (Nokia melody).

That will be a tough one to fight (2)

AnimeFreak (223792) | about 12 years ago | (#3251875)

If Intel actually wins this, which I doubt, then I better watch what I say.

If I say, "Oh, hey! How are you doing Joe? Please go inside..."

Then I can safely assume that Intel's lawyers will be knocking at my door telling me to watch what I say and threaten me with law suits.

I would have to say something like, "Oh, hey! How are you doing Joe? Inside is my house, please go..."

That sounds realy stupid. And that goes the same for this case, it is stupid too.

Re:That will be a tough one to fight (1)

Grasshpopper (569947) | about 12 years ago | (#3251896)

And if that's the case, all my intel processors will be featured on the web in full color. Being urinated on. All your inside are belong to us.

Yoga...The path of peace (5, Informative)

javaman235 (461502) | about 12 years ago | (#3251883)

The word Yoga, for those who don't know actually means "union", and refers to the state of oneness with God and all humanity sought by the practitioners. It has many different flavors, only one of which is "Hatha Yoga", or "health union", which seeks to bring health to the body, so higher thoughts can be focused on before going to INNER yoga, which includes schools or raja, kriya, bhakti, and karma yoga, many of which some scholars believe have been passed on for as many as 4,000 years orally, and are refered to in the hindu vedas.

These people have been refering to yoga as an inner thing for thousands of years. If that's not prior use please shoot me.

quote (3, Funny)

Phroggy (441) | about 12 years ago | (#3251891)

Excerpt from new OSHA regulation on computer systems: "....if said motherboard is equipped with an Intel central processing unit, an appropriate warning label bearing the words 'Intel Inside' shall be permanently affixed to the case in a prominent location."

- Bruce Murphy

Got Intel? (2)

Black Art (3335) | about 12 years ago | (#3251898)

Didn't the people who owned the "got Milk?" trademark try similar litigation and got shot down by the courts?

I have tried finding references pro or con on this, but all the anti-milk PETA sites are making searching difficult.

in∑side (0)

TheGoatseMan (569731) | about 12 years ago | (#3251917)

noun 1 a : an interior or internal part or place : the part within b : inward nature, thoughts, or feeling 2 : an inner side or surface 3 a : a position of power, trust, or familiarity b : confidential information

Ah shucks. (1)

bleckywelcky (518520) | about 12 years ago | (#3251922)

What? So no more "Lotto Tickets Inside" signs outside of gas stations? Damn, how will I ever be able to gamble again?

Why don't they go after THESE guys? (2, Interesting)

release7 (545012) | about 12 years ago | (#3251933)

Gee, for a company that is trying so hard to protect their trademark, it's quite amazing this site [bigbrotherinside.com] has been able to stick around for the last two years. This site rips off Intel(TM)'s logo and everything.

If you ask me, this sounds like a lawyer looking for a way to finance a new BMW and a Caribbean vacation.

Re:Why don't they go after THESE guys? (2)

gregfortune (313889) | about 12 years ago | (#3251968)

Because they are an obvious parody of the original and therefore not easily confused with the original. Seems like I remember something about parody sites being protected...

if(defense == brutality){boycott();} (1)

Aladdin Sane (98532) | about 12 years ago | (#3251944)

Everyone (including Intel's braindead legal drones) seem to have a mistaken underlying assumption that the requirement to defend trademarks is a requirement to beat the crap out of anyone that uses anything similar regardless of the domain, or how small they are. Intel should have merely sent these guys a piece of paper giving them a non-revokable free license to use the "yoga inside" name as long as it was not used in a technology related enterprise or with similar presentation (e.g. no labeling the inmates with little "@ yoga inside"squares on their foreheads or commercials yellow robed guys in helmets jumping around in commercials, with a "yoga inside! om, om, om, om!" catch tune). This would have given them ammunition for any future battle with true violators, and would have done it at no cost the little people they apparently don't mind stomping on. My guess these types of antics keep a couple of extra people on the legal team employed... I'd be interested who in their public relations team is consulted. Someone either approved it or didn't bother to ask. Would nice to see that person on the street. Buy AMD in the meantime.

Intel should sue my shirt and the devil... (1)

The Evil Beaver (175641) | about 12 years ago | (#3251954)

My t-shirt says "Satan Inside" and comes complete with the swirly thingy! Good thing there's all those lawyers down there, or the Dark Prince might be out of a job!

Intel, fuck you (4, Interesting)

dh003i (203189) | about 12 years ago | (#3251965)

This is a bunch of bullshit. Intel, please don't blame others for your assinite attempts to own the English language. Its not the laws fault that you're assholes. Not only that, but who FORCED you to trademark a COMMON word like Inside? There are many common usages of the word inside which have another describing word preceeding it.

"We can't let a precedent be set," he explained. " 'Yoga Inside' might not sound bad, but what happens when someone comes along with 'Apple Inside'?"

If its in reference to an Apple being in an apple orchard, that's fucking fine.

Even if its Apple computer, who said you have the right to trademark common words? If Apple came up with an add that said something like:

"Apple Inside"

there's nothing wrong with that either. After all, that's what it is: Its an Apple. Since its also an Apple on the outside, they might say something like:

Apple Outside. Apple Inside.

This is just plain ludicrous. Other people shouldn't be prevented from using the ENGLISH LANGUAGE to their benefit because you assholes can't be original and trademark things that aren't already words.

By the way, you fucking assholes, there's something called the First Amendment. It has constitutional basis, so it trumps any "trademark" laws.

This is no different than IBM trying to trademark the "e" symbol with a circle around it. Come on. That's fucking bullshit.

Suggesting to Intel, IBM, and other lamers who are trying to own the English Language by trademarks: if your going to make a trademark, make up a word/symbol for it. Suggestion to Intel for a REAL trademark:


Oh wait, because of assholes like you Intel fucks, MS might sue you for trademark violations of its "IntelliPoint" mouse.

Other assholes include Nike, both for trademarking the word "Nike" and for trademarking the Nike symbol. Nike is the greek god of victory, closely associated with Athena/Minerva. And her symbol was the same symbol that the Nike shoe uses. Sounds like fucking prior art to me. Not to mention, it should be public domain.

I'm suing all of you (2)

Loki_1929 (550940) | about 12 years ago | (#3251972)

I'd like to take this opportunity to inform all of you that you'll soon be getting the paperwork in the mail from my lawyers (that's right, I have a team of them) for trademark infringement. I own a company called "The Inc." and over time I've noticed almost all of you using my trademarked company name in various posts/stories/journals etc. Being the reasonable, understanding person that I am, I shall settle for a small fine of say $1000 per infringement? After all, I really dislike court battles, so just pay me every time you want to use the word, 'the' and there won't be any trouble. :)

This satirical comment brought to you by Intel: Assholes Inside

Intellicide (1)

sweet reason (16681) | about 12 years ago | (#3252018)

years ago, when intel introduced their "intel inside" logo, i created a version that read "intell-icide", as in killer of intellect. it is still applicable.
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