AOL's dominant position in the instant messaging market has again been threatened after a US federal court’s ruling allowing AT&T to use slogan and service names AOL has popularised.
AOL filed a suit against AT&T last year seeking to stop the telecom giant’s Worldnet Internet access service from using the terms 'you have mail', 'IM' and 'buddy list'. The phrases AOL claims are clearly associated with its service’s communication features.
This week, however, a US court ruled against AOL, stating that the terms are generic expressions and no-one’s actual property.
The judge concluded that AOL cannot claim the phrases and issue trademarks, stopping other companies from using them. In a statement, AOL said it will appeal against the court’s decision.
The ruling is a major blow to AOL, which is battling to keep its Instant Messenger system in the number one position. In the past month it has seen the competition heat up to include Microsoft, Yahoo and others who have introduced instant messaging systems of their own.
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