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Microsoft sued over Windows Vista name

June 7, 2007

Microsoft sued over Windows Vista name
French TV presenter ‘owns Vista’

A French television presenter has sued Microsoft for “violation of intellectual property”. Philippe Gildas accused the software publisher of illegally using the trademark “Vista”.

Microsoft sued over Windows Vista name News – PC Advisor.

Okay, does it ever reach a point that someone goes through the dictionary and trademarks every word in the dictionary (or has that been done)?  Honestly, Vista isn’t a new term, even in the computing industry.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has had automated data processing systems within its medical facilities since before 1985, beginning with the Decentralized Hospital Computer Program information system, including extensive clinical and administrative capabilities. The Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) supports both ambulatory and inpatient care. VistA includes several significant enhancements to the original DHCP system. …
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VistA

VISTA is the Visible & Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, a 4m telescope in development which will be sited at Cerro Paranal in Chile. It is hoped that it will be operational in 2006. It will have a wide field of view, and as the name suggests it will focus on optical and infrared surveys of the sky. VISTA is being built close to ESO’s VLT by a consortium of 18 UK universities.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VISTA_(telescope)

Yeah, both of those are acronyms, but… what about the real word?  We can find a reference in it with J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels:

In the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, Vista is a part of the atmosphere that surrounds the world of Arda before the cataclysm at the end of the Second Age. Vista forms the inner layer of normal air: above it is Ilmen, and above that Vaiya.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vista_(Middle-earth)

Or simply… a beautiful view in the park.

view: the visual percept of a region; “the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views”
wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

I truly believe that intellectual property rights MUST be protected—authors and inventors deserve the right to protect their creation; however, there is a balance between reasonable protection and greed when the creation is not being attacked, but a loosely-tied promotional scheme.  If Gildas had registered Vista two years ago as a technology term for an operating system, piece of software, or something besides a senior citizens television channel, ehh, maybe… but, yeah.

 

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