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Sky and Microsoft settle trademark dispute

BskyB and Microsoft have reached a settlement over the latter’s use of the SkyDrive brand name, which Microsoft will now phase out. 

The settlement will allow Microsoft to continue to continue to use the SkyBrand name for its cloud file storage service for a “reasonable period of time” until it transitions to a new brand.

However, Microsoft will forego a planned appeal to a June English High Court decision in which a judge ruled that Microsoft’s use of the name infringed Sky’s rights.

In a statement, Sky said: “We are pleased to have reached a settlement after Microsoft agreed not to appeal the trade mark infringement judgment in relation to its SkyDrive service.”

Microsoft said:  “We’re glad to have resolution of this naming dispute, and will continue to deliver the great service our hundreds of millions of customers expect, providing the best way to always have your files with you.”