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Fun With Smart Grid Trade Marks!

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Who’s trade marking smart grid terms, tag lines, and products? Utilities, solar firms, and some of the ones you’d expect: GE, S&C, SmartSynch and Grid Net. If you were considering trade marking a product under the term GridSmart, better think again, there’s two companies — Nexant and AEP — that have been gunning for that term. And here’s a sign Xcel Energy isn’t so stoked on SmartGridCity anymore: it let its trade mark application for “SmartGridCity Kids” expire. Darn, no smart grid themed daycare.

Where Solar Meets Smart Grid, Smart Grid Neurons, Petra Solar, April 23, 2010

Smart Solutions for a Smarter Grid, Sempra Power, June 9 2010

Smart Grid Law, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, April 19, 2010

The Eyes And Ears of the Smart Grid, Sentient Energy, December 4 2009

GridSmart, Nexant, February 23 2010

Smart Grid Intelligence as a Service, Energics, February 10, 2010

Smart Grid SMS, S&C Electric, September 11 2008

Plug Into the Smart Grid, GE, December 18 2008

Smart Kids for the Smart Grid, City of Glendale, January 26 2010

Smart Grid OS, Universal Devices,  November 2 2009

Smart Grid City, Xcel Energy, April 7 2008, Xcel also abandoned its trade mark for Smart Grid City Kids on June 14 2010

We Put the Smart in Smart Grid, Grid Net, March 31 2009

GridSmart, AEP, May 22 2008

Enabling the Smart Grid, SmartSynch, August 30, 2007

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