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Dell Trying to Trademark Cloud Computing

The Industry Standard, The Register

Dell wants to own the cloud, and has quietly advanced a trademarking application for the phrase "cloud computing" past the point where opponents can have their say.Dell first filed an application (serial number 77139082) with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in March 2007, defining cloud computing, in part, as the "custom manufacture of computer hardware for use in data centers and mega-scale computing environments for others." Last month the status of the application reached the "notice of allowance" phase, which is issued after the completion of an opposition period and when "it appears that the applicant is entitled to a patent under the law."

To date, cloud computing has been used generically to describe online services, with new vendor initiatives introduced frequently; just last week, for example, IBM and HP, Intel and Yahoo revealed plans to build data centers.The Industry Standard, The Register

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