Elon Musk’s X Corp is dealing with what could possibly be the primary of a number of lawsuits associated to its title. A Florida-based firm referred to as X Social Media has accused X Corp. of trademark and repair mark infringement, clearly for the usage of the letter “X.” Musk rebranded Twitter in July, renamed the social community as “X” and changed its iconic chicken brand with the letter. The manager is understood for having an affinity for the letter X, so it did not actually come as a shock, however as trademark lawyer Josh Gerben told Reuters again then, there’s “a couple of one hundred pc likelihood that Twitter/X will be sued by each opportunistic and bonafide plaintiffs over the brand new title.” Right now, Gerben’s agency represents the plaintiff on this case.
X Social Media described itself in the lawsuit (PDF) as an organization that has “supplied its promoting and social media companies connecting legislation corporations and people in want of advocates since 2016.” Whereas its brand seems vastly totally different from the emblem utilized by the social community previously often called Twitter, it argued in its criticism that it “regularly emphasizes the ‘X’ portion of its mark all through its promoting, blogs, and newsletters highlighting its work.”
The Florida-based firm additionally stated that the media protection Elon Musk’s X obtained when it rebranded precipitated confusion and had led shoppers to imagine that its promoting companies are being supplied by or are related to X Corp. “As ‘X’ is a social media platform, shoppers naturally conflate ‘X SocialMedia’ as an X Corp.’s social media platform,” it defined. The plaintiff advised the court docket that it has already suffered losses in income as a result of Twitter’s rebranding, and that it is extremely possible that the confusion will proceed to its “monetary detriment.” Particularly since X Corp seems on the high of search outcomes while you search for “x social media” — or not less than it used to earlier than information in regards to the lawsuit got here out.
Additional, it accused Musk’s firm for submitting a number of trademark functions for enterprise information evaluation, promotional companies, enterprise consulting and knowledge companies, in addition to enterprise, shopper and market analysis, that are similar to its choices, regardless that it allegedly knew about X Social Media. Apparently, X Social Media despatched Musk’s firm a cease-and-desist letter in August 2023, however X Corp. refused to cease utilizing the letter. It is now asking the court docket for an injunction, prohibiting Musk’s firm from advertising and marketing, providing, promoting or distributing companies bearing the mark “X.” The plaintiff can also be asking for damages equal to 3 instances of its losses or the defendant’s earnings.