Dell Trying to Trademark Cloud Computing

<a href="">The Industry Standard</a>, <a haref="">The Register</a>

Jim Manico, OWASP Global Board Member

August 4, 2008

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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

About the Author(s)

Jim Manico

OWASP Global Board Member

Jim Manico is a Global Board Member for the OWASP foundation where he helps drive the strategic vision for the organization. OWASP's mission is to make software security visible, so that individuals and organizations worldwide can make informed decisions about true software security risks. OWASP's AppSecUSA<> conferences represent the nonprofit's largest outreach efforts to advance its mission of spreading security knowledge, for more information and to register, see here<>. Jim is also the founder of Manicode Security where he trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He has a 18 year history building software as a developer and architect. Jim is a frequent speaker on secure software practices and is a member of the JavaOne rockstar speaker community. He is the author of Iron-Clad Java: Building Secure Web Applications<> from McGraw-Hill and founder of Brakeman Pro. Investor/Advisor for Signal Sciences.

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