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HTC’s ChaCha might not make it to Facebook’s ball dance this year

February 28th, 2011        

HTC’s ChaCha might not make it to Facebook’s ball dance this year

Previously people keep on asking Mark Zuckerberg if there’s a Facebook Phone and he keeps on denying. All of a sudden HTC steps up and announce a phone with a dedicated Facebook button, the ChaCha. This might sound like a typical dance name, but the Taiwanese handset maker has been granted the opportunity to rectify its naming gaffe courtesy of a trademark infringement suit brought by ChaCha Inc.

That company trademarked its name and logo in 2007 for its text and voice internet search engine services and is (rightfully) displeased with the HTC’s choice of names for its Facebook-focused handset. ChaCha doesn’t want mobile users thinking that it’s endorsed the phone, and given that the company’s bread and butter is providing mobile search, such confusion seems likely. ChaCha is asking for money damages and a permanent injunction to prevent the phone from going to market with its name.

Bad luck there HTC. Now, how about naming it ChatChat? Is that trademarked as well?

SOURCE via PhoneScoop

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