Twitter had applied for a trademark claim for “Tweet”, the popular term for the 140 character updates that Twitter is famous for. And to everyone’s surprise, but the claim was rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.the reasons for the rejection, the Patent Office felt that several existing applications already use the phrase “Tweet” for their various Twitter offerings – TweetDeck, TweetPhoto and the likes. If that was not all, some of these companies had already applied for such a trademark claim before Twitter itself did. Acting too late, Twitter?
As for Twitter, the co-founder Biz Stone had earlier made a blog post when they had first applied for the trademark claim. He said, “We have applied to trademark Tweet because it is clearly attached to Twitter from a brand perspective but we have no intention of ‘going after’ the wonderful applications and services that use the word in their name when associated with Twitter,”