Online Storage Co. Dropbox Faces Trademark Suit

By Richard Vanderford (July 8, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT) -- California cloud storage service Dropbox Inc. was sued in late June in Texas by a rival technology company claiming it really owns the name "dropbox."

Irving, Texas-based Officeware Corp., which runs a website called, said in a June 30 complaint that Dropbox had violated the Lanham Act by calling itself and its service Dropbox.

Officeware argues that it has used the word "dropbox" since 2004 to describe a feature in its own service, which allows users to store files online.

"Defendants have created actual confusion regarding the source, sponsorship and affiliation of the goods and services at issue," the suit...

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