The name of Microsoft’s own SkyDrive is in jeopardy after a UK court ruled that Microsoft’s online cloud storage service infringes on a trademark that the British Sky Broadcasting Group – or Sky as most of us in the UK know it – owns. This ruling is valid over the entire EU which puts Microsoft in a bit of a dodgy position.
There are two ways that this could go. Either Microsoft re-brands their online file storage/cloud service to something else throughout the EU, or the software giant could “settle” the matter by forming an agreement with Sky which would allow the use of the SkyDrive name to continue – this however could lead to Microsoft paying out a hefty fee.
Apparently though Microsoft aren’t one to settle with reports that only last year, Microsoft changed their UI design style from “Metro” because of a lawsuit brought by the Metro AG retail group. On the other hand however Sky could also decline the agreement leading Microsoft to change the SkyDrive name anyway.
Details are a little thin right now, more details on this as they happen.
[Source: The Verge]