It seems big, bad Facebook cannot take competition from a 2-employee, 20 user, yet to be released start-up centered on teachers. Facebook recently filed patent suits against this tiny Chicago start up (http://chicagobreakingbusiness.com/2010/08/facebook-says-it-owns-rights-to-the-name-book.htm) to forbid them from using ‘book’ in their title. Book? We really are trying to patent the use of the word book? With all the Oracle mess this week, this just takes the cake. Oops, better watch my words, someone may patent cake. In all seriousness though, when you compare logos, compare web design, and compare audiences, does Facebook seriously think this group of educators will pull profit from them? It makes me think that maybe Facebook has been working on something educationally directed and Teachbook beat them to it.
We really do need to get a handle on this mess. We just fill up our already busy judicial system for these frivolous actions. What money does a 2 person start up even possess? I hate to poke fun, but did Thomas English Muffins file patent suits against Barnes and Nobles? I am pretty sure ‘nook’ (and crannies) are more valuable that ‘book,’ but I just teach and educate.