4/22/2008 6:59:00 PM
None of the operators cannot claim term 'dongle'
Operators cannot exclusively claim the term ‘dongle’ as their own after DSG, the parent company of Currys, applied to register the phrase as a trademark four years ago.
A one-off London-based computer shop owned by DSG called ‘Dongle’ closed in 2006.
The networks refer to their mobile broadband offerings in a number of ways, but they are only able to use the term dongle as a generic description of their mobile broadband service.
However, a sub-section of the Trade Marks Act states that a trademark can be revoked if the owner doesn’t use the term and it becomes generic.