Twitter X: Elon Musk may have problems with Meta and Microsoft

Twitter died! Long live X… but it looks like the social network review could get Elon Musk in trouble.

All because both Microsoft and Meta have intellectual property rights to the letter “X”.

The renewal of Twitter could generate a conflict between Elon Musk, Meta and Microsoft

X is the future state of unlimited interactivity, focused on audio, video, messaging, payments/banking, creating a global marketplace for ideas, goods, services, and opportunities. Powered by AI, X will connect us all in ways we are only beginning to imagine.

— Linda Yaccarino (@lindayacc) July 23, 2023

Shortly after it was announced, the reformulation of Twitter was already online with the prominent “X” showing the new “face and personality” of the almost extinct Twitter. But this “new face” of the social network could bring complicated problems to Elon Musk.

Both Meta and Microsoft currently own intellectual property rights to the letter “X”. For that reason, in the future Musk may have to fight a legal battle with these giants to defend the new image of the social platform.

According to trademark lawyer Josh Gerben, “there is almost a 100% chance that the former tweeter will be sued by someone”, since there are “almost 900 active trademark registrations in the United States of America that already cover the letter X”.

The owners of these trademarks can claim that the use of the “X” can cause confusion to the consumer and, based on this infringement, file a lawsuit. Sentences can include large fines and even block the use of the reason for the violation – which, in this specific case, would be the “X”.

Since 2003, Microsoft has had an X trademark related to its Xbox universe of games. Meta, in 2019, registered a trademark with the letter “X”, painted in blue and white, to be used in the areas of software and social networks.

So far, the three involved – Elon Musk, Meta and Microsoft – have not made a public statement on this matter. Some trademark legal specialists even believe that the two high-tech companies will not go ahead with lawsuits over the former Twitter… at least, until they feel threatened that Elon Musk’s new platform will create confusion in the minds of users.

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