BSkyB reaches settlement with Microsoft over SkyDrive brand name

31 Jul 2013

Microsoft and broadcaster BSkyB have reached a settlement in a case over Microsoft’s use of the SkyDrive name for its cloud storage service. Microsoft will be allowed to continue using the brand SkyDrive in Europe, albeit temporarily.

A UK court recently ruled that SkyDrive infringes BSkyB’s trademarks on the Sky name in both the UK and across the EU.

The judge decided that there was public confusion over what company made what.

Microsoft was understood to be planning to appeal the verdict but today a deal has been reached whereby after handing over some money to BSkyB Microsoft will be able to continue to use the SkyDrive brand name on a temporary basis.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years