For Immediate Release
Think Takes Legal Action Against Facebook, Inc.
PALO ALTO, CA -- April 15, 2008 -- Think Computer Corporation today filed a Petition to Cancel with the United States Patent and Trademark Office regarding Facebook, Inc.'s registered trademark on the term "FACEBOOK," after Think Press was denied the right to advertise its upcoming book, Authoritas: One Student's Harvard Admissions and the Founding of the Facebook Era for trademark reasons.
Think began using the term "The Facebook" to describe one of the components of its houseSYSTEM student portal at Harvard University in the summer of 2003. It launched the feature on September 19, 2003, several months before thefacebook.com began accepting new users on February 4, 2004. thefacebook.com was later incorporated as Facebook, Inc. Think CEO Aaron Greenspan, who authored the book in question, was classmates with Facebook, Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard when both sites were on-line.
Think's petition asks the USPTO to cancel the Facebook, Inc. trademark on three grounds: priority of use, genericness, and fraud committed on the agency itself.
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