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.