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Next Gen Networks - Trademarked?

Posted: 26th Jun, 2006 By: MarkJ
Scottish Telco Thus (Demon Internet) is up in arms after US group Wireless Facilities Inc. (WFI) attempted to take out a trademark on the term 'Next Generation Networks':

The term is jargon commonly used by telcos to describe their next generation telecoms networks, such as BT's 21CN, which use digital technology to connect phone calls and other network traffic more efficiently than traditional telecoms networks.

In a statement, Thus said: "Thus, as the first operator in the UK to have its Next Generation Network in place, is naturally concerned about the application for trademark registration of the term 'Next Generation Networks' in Europe.

This is not only a description of our network, but also a generic term used by the industry and it is quite extraordinary that this trademark application has progressed to this point. We will be opposing this application and we are calling on the industry and Ofcom to support us in this manner,
" it said.


WFI's move is quite ridiculous and reports suggest that Ofcom may already be investigating. This wouldn't surprise us given how they recently setup a new industry body called Next Generation Networks UK (NGN UK). More @ The Register.
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