Dish Network was told by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that a "notice of suspension" had been issued for its application to trademark "TV Everywhere," Todd Spangler reports at Multichannel News.
That means Dish’s claim on the term may be nullified, the story says the agency told the satellite operator. The notice of suspension came after Time Warner had made an earlier application to trademark "On Demand Everywhere." Dish declined to comment, the article adds. The company currently markets its Slingbox products with the "TV Everywhere" logo.
When Dish applied for the trademark in September 2009, the term was already in generic use by distributors and TV programmers to refer to authenticated content viewing on devices other than TV sets, the article points out. Time Warner had filed to trademark "On Demand Everywhere" in June 2009, the story says.