Nextel Sues Verizon Over Use Of Push To Talk

Well, as we’ve speculated, Nextel has made the bad PR move of suing Verizon Wireless over the latter’s use of the term “Push-to-talk” – even though the term has been in common usage for decades, and Nextel surely didn’t invent it. I looked at a few models of FRS radios, and almost all of them have “Push-to-talk” or PTT written on the …well… the PTT button. Will Nextel sue them all? To make it even more ridiculous, Nextel hasn’t even used the term widely. They trademarked the phrase “Direct Connect” to define their PTT service for the past 13 years. This is a losing suit, and bad PR. What’s to gain?

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