Sony Ericsson Drags Clearwire to Court for Similar-looking Logo

January 18, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Sony Ericsson has filed a lawsuit in court against Clearwire alleging trademark infringement. In their filing at the US District Court in Eastern Virginia, Sony Ericsson has stated that Clearwire is likely to get an “unfair competitive advantage” in the market by imitating their logo. Sony Ericsson is demanding that Clearwire be prompted to stop the use of the logo and also pay monetary damages.

Sony Ericsson has alleged that Clearwire’s logo closely resembles their “sphere with swirl marks” logo, which has been federally registered. The logo is used in different variations by Sony Ericsson, apart from the green one Sony Ericsson uses other colors as well.

Clearwire had agreed to stop using a different swirl logo before, following another argument with Sony Ericsson. But Clearwire continued with the green sphere logo.

The two companies compete in different sections of the mobile market, but Sony Ericsson says that Clearwire had announced plans to enter the smartphone market and go head on against them.

That seems a only distant possibility as the company is known to be in bad shape financially, let alone face a legal battle.

Whose side will the court stick to its difficult to guess. After so many years, why has Sony Ericsson brought it up now? With both companies using their names along with logo, most of us would agree that we don’t have any trouble in distinguishing the two and given the fact they are in different regions of the market (Clearwire doesn’t even manufacture phones), we wonder what Sony Ericsson’s strategy is?

Sony Ericsson has filed a lawsuit in court against Clearwire alleging trademark infringement.

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