Sky vs. Sky: Livescribe Pulls Pen From UK Stores Amid Trademark Dispute
Who owns the sky? Not smartpen maker Livescribe, according to British broadcasting giant, BSkyB. Today the Guardian reported Livescribe has pulled their Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen out of UK stores less than two months after the product’s launch due to a lawsuit claiming the gadget breaches BSkyB’s “Sky” trademark.
Though non-Brits may hear “Sky” and think of that big blue thing above the clouds, the British Sky Broadcasting Group is the largest pay-TV broadcaster in the United Kingdom with 10.6 million customers. The company has fought for their “Sky” trademark in court before, battling it out with Skype in a dispute that dates back to 2005. BSkyB is also suing Dixons Retail, which stocked the offending smartpen.