Can You Outbid Microsoft For The Microsoft Name In Portugal?

from the have-fun-with-it dept

Microsoft is reasonably protective of its name -- even to ridiculous levels at times. However, it surprised us to find out that a company other than the Redmond giant happens to have the trademark on Microsoft in Portugal. In fact, that company is now trying to sell the name on eBay. The big Microsoft has to go by the name MSFT in Portugal, as the local company registered the name long before Microsoft moved into Portugal. Not surprisingly, the little Portuguese Microsoft has tried to sell the name to the big American Microsoft, but apparently the process was taking too long, so it just decided to throw the name up on eBay. The Freakonomics guys were just having a discussion about the Coase Theorem when it comes to domain names, and if you follow their reasoning, then it would suggest that the US-based Microsoft should eventually wind up with the name, as it must be more valuable to it than to anyone else. That seems reasonable, but in the meantime, it might be fun to imagine who else might want to buy it...

Filed Under: portugal, trademarks
Companies: microsoft


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    My Crow's Soft, 18 Dec 2007 @ 5:57am

    Reason to buy

    The only reason to buy would be if you thought you could sell for a profit later.

    A company like M$ might refuse to get involved in such an auction (or not be able to due to company structure/response time). Another buyer could get the name on the cheap and then go through the stages to sell it to M$ later.

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