The legal creep of the trademark - currently highlighted by an over-protected Olympic Games (not sure if we can write that) - is also striking closer to home. The GSMA appears to be the subject of a trademark action over the use of 'Mobile World Congress' and 'World Wireless Congress'. I.D.Scales reports.
An organisation called the Delson Group, whose dodgy one-page website styles it as "World's Leader in Core IPR Infrastructure, Acquisition, Evaluation, Revaluation and Partnership," is sending out threatening legal letters to media outlets (well, at least this one) urging them to desist using its trademarks.
in particular it's claiming trademark rights over 'Mobile World Congress', used of course by the GSMA for its huge annual outing with the global mobile industry in Barcelona and naturally liberally plastered all over our site.
In true trolling style - complete with badly-written legal letter - Delson claims representation in 'Shanghai - Geneva - Luxemburg - Berlin - Paris - Tokyo - London - San Francisco'. Apart from that we currently know little except that we have until the end of this month (it claims) to wipe all its trademarks from our site, wherever they occur.
The GSMA is so far remaining cautious. "At this point, we are reviewing the claim and cannot provide any further comment at this time," a GSMA representative told us in a commendably late-night email.
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