Deutsche Telekom loses a-z Listings monopoly

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8 August 2006, BONN - Germany's phone giant Deutsche Telekom said Monday it would fight an official decision to deprive it of the "a-z listings" trademark for specialized business directories. The German Trademark Office had earlier ruled that "a-z listings" was a general, worldwide term and could be used by any publisher. After a two-year review, it deregistered the trademark. The decision has been welcomed by another directory company, GoYellow, which specializes in business directories. The two companie

8 August 2006

BONN - Germany's phone giant Deutsche Telekom said Monday it would fight an official decision to deprive it of the "a-z listings" trademark for specialized business directories.
The German Trademark Office had earlier ruled that "a-z listings" was a general, worldwide term and could be used by any publisher. After a two-year review, it deregistered the trademark.

The decision has been welcomed by another directory company, GoYellow, which specializes in business directories. The two companies have been doing battle with one another since 2004 in German courts.

"We're going to fight this at the Federal Patents Tribunal," said a Telekom spokesman in Bonn. He said the office's ruling was not legally effective while appeals were pending

DPA

Subject: German news

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