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Comcast Shoots for 'DVR2Go' Trademark

Jeff Baumgartner
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Jeff Baumgartner
7/9/2010
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Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is aiming to make the term "DVR2Go" a registered trademark, a move that could offer a peek into the direction of the MSO's TV Everywhere strategy.

Comcast doesn't own the trademark yet, but it's closing in on it. According to the Unites States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Comcast filed for the trademark on March 29, 2010.

Trademarkia, a government record search engine, notes that the status changed to "approved for publication" on June 28. That designation puts the world on notice that the trademark is going to be registered, and gives others an initial 30-day window to challenge it (a three-to-six month period in which someone can still request cancellation of a trademark follows, but such cases are rare).

Interestingly, Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) has used the term "DVR2GO" in some of its past public literature, but no product with that name has appeared. Given that Comcast is one of Moto's largest customers, it seems unlikely the vendor would oppose the MSO's trademark attempt. Motorola declined to comment.

Kathleen Cooney-Porter, a partner at Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt LLP, a firm that specializes in intellectual property law, notes that Comcast filed for the trademark under section "1B," indicating that the MSO intends to use the mark in commerce.

She estimates that, barring any opposition, Comcast should be able to obtain a "notice of allowance" within one to two months, and then start using it.

How Comcast might use the DVR2Go mark remains the big question. Comcast has already shown interest in developing a "portable" DVR in tandem with Panasonic Corp. (NYSE: PC), but that tru2way-based device, announced at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show, has not been seen from since, and it's questionable if that product, as originally shown, will ever see the light of day. (See Comcast, Panasonic Unveil Portable DVR , Comcast, Panny Polishing Portable DVR , and CableLabs Clears Panasonic Tru2way Box.)

However, Comcast's filing for the trademark at the USPTO indicates that the MSO has some grander plans that track with its broader TV Everywhere strategy. The filing refers to the "Broadcasting, streaming and transferring of audio, video, and data to portable electronic devices; mobile media services in the nature of electronic transmission of entertainment media content."

In addition, DVR2Go is an obvious brand extension for High-Speed2go, Comcast's 4G/3G mobile broadband service. But the new mark suggests a complementary mobile video product is also part of Comcast's plans. (See Comcast Launches Chicago High-Speed 2go and Comcast Boots Up 3G-Only Option .)

Comcast isn't saying much about its plans for the DVR2Go name. It says it applies for lots of trademarks, some of which get used for specific products, while others don't.

For what it's worth, Comcast filed for the "Tunerfish" trademark on April 27, and went on to debut the service, which meshes TV watching habits with social networking, on June 10.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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12/5/2012 | 4:30:26 PM
re: Comcast Shoots for 'DVR2Go' Trademark


Not sure if Comcast's attempt to trademark DVR2go will be successful, but here's word from Multichannel News that Dish Network's shot at trademarking "TV Everywhere" has hit a snag, with the USPTO issuing a "notice of suspension," citing Time Warner's prior application to trademark "On Demand Everywhere."


Trademarkia has some other details on the status of the TV Everywhere mark, noting that the letter of suspension was sent on July 1, 2010. JB


 

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12/5/2012 | 4:30:23 PM
re: Comcast Shoots for 'DVR2Go' Trademark


Interesting to see a mobile video strategy emerging at Comcast -- that's one area where all the wireless and telco folks are definitely scrambling. I wonder how these folks plan to generate the $$$ on mobile video.

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12/5/2012 | 4:30:22 PM
re: Comcast Shoots for 'DVR2Go' Trademark


Yeah, they'll need for than a name to lean on to make the business end of this work.  Just a guess, but they'll probably bundle in a TV Everywhere component to their wireless broadband service early on unless they think they can get a premium for a mobile video tier.  Canoe, the cable JV for advanced advertising, has discussed shifting some focus to the mobile side, but nothing in terms of timing since they're just now starting to get their first set-box-based product out the door. JB

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