Trademark application for ‘Holo’ : Microsoft planned ahead with HoloLens domain

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Hologram is a Greek word composite.

Hologram is a Greek word composite.

Microsoft used Marksmen, a third party acquisition service – aka, proxy buyer – to buy the domain name HoloLens.com for a mere $6,750 and some pondered on the timeframe of their brand development.

The domain was retained for less than a week by Marksmen, before Microsoft announced the launch of HoloLens and took over control of HoloLens.com.

It is clear, that Microsoft’s revolutionary product did not acquire a name overnight. Despite not having applied for a trademark for ‘HoloLens’, Microsoft did apply for ‘Holo’ in classes that cover the following use:

“Smartphones; Wearable computers; Wearable digital electronic devices comprised primarily of software and display screens for a smartphone; receiving and making phone calls; viewing, sending, receiving, and transmitting data, text, and other information; and location based tracking and also featuring a wristwatch”

and:

“Smart watches comprised primarily of a wristwatch also featuring a smartphone; Wearable digital electronic devices comprised primarily of a wristwatch and also featuring a smartphone”

The application was made on December 9th, about five weeks before Marksmen acquired HoloLens.com on behalf of Microsoft.

That’s plenty of time to come up with a domain name, as the matching Holo.com is a fully established company, that might have been extremely expensive to acquire. Or, perhaps, such an inquiry is yet to come. 😉

It is important to note that the word “hologram” is comprised of two Greek words: Holos (whole) and gramma (letter/symbol). Many modern brands that are trademarked are sourced from quite ancient Greek words; Nike is one of them.

 


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One Response to “Trademark application for ‘Holo’ : Microsoft planned ahead with HoloLens domain”
  1. Rod.Tv says:

    Waiting for them ring about holographicmodel/com

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