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Motorola in Motomusic trademark dispute

Digital audio seller claims prior ownership

Motorola may face legal trouble over its use of the term Motomusic, the name it uses to market digital music on its mobile phones, because it's been claimed by another company.

Motorola has been using the term for the past few years on a few websites in Asia, including ones aimed at China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Then at last week’s International Consumer Electronics Show, Motorola released a January statement titled "Motorola Introduces the Motomusic Experience”, saying Motomusic broadly refers to music handsets, accessories, content and alliances.

But Moto Music Corp, a company that runs MotoMusic.com, a seller of digital songs and streaming radio, also claims the name.

The operator of the website says he has owned trademark rights since 1986 on Moto Music, MotoMusic and Moto Music Corp. "They've never asked permission to use my name, nor I am in any dispute... yet," Paul Jova said about Motorola.

Motorola spokeswoman Sharen Santoski said she would need to look into the matter before commenting, and could not be reached to answer specifically on Jova's comment.

The China Motomusic.com.cn website does not contain a launch date, but notes a 2005 copyright date.

A Motorola news release from August contains the note "MOTOMUSIC refers to www.motomusic.com.cn, www.motomusic.com.hk and www.motomusic.com.tw”.


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