Saturday, May 26, 2007

My movie picks

Just had some time to reflect on my all time favorite movie picks. Not that I've watched all the movies on earth but among the ones I've seen, these are the ones that I've cherished the most....mostly in order, but as you know, some are difficult to sort...

Gangsta movies
1. Godfather-1
2. Scarface
3. Untouchables
4. The Departed
5. Godfather-2
6. Billa (Indian)
7. Nayakan (Indian)
8. Company (Indian)

Other Drama
1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. Life is Beautiful
3. I am Sam
4. Scent of a Woman
5. 21 grams
6. Philadelphia
7. The Man Without a Face
8. Dead Man Walking

1. Saw-1
2. The Usual Suspects
3. Fight Club
4. North By Northwest
5. Red Dragon
6. Primal Fear

1. Monster's Inc.
2. Shrek-1
3. Antz
4. Finding Nemo
5. The Incredibles

1. Notting Hill
2. Top Gun
3. Forrest Gump
4. Before Sunset
5. A Walk in the Clouds
6. The Notebook

1. My Fair Lady
2. Casablanca
3. Singing in the Rain
4. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

1. The Good Bad and Ugly
2. Mission: Impossible-1
3. The Great Escape
4. The Terminator-2 Judgement Day
5. Braveheart
6. Die Hard
7. Spiderman-1
8. House of Flying Daggers

1. Casablanca
2. Behind Enemy Lines
3. Enemy at the Gates
4. Troy
5. Bridge on the River Quai

1. Pancha Tantram (Indian)
2. Meet the Parents
3. Munnabhai M.B.B.S (Indian)
4. Chupke Chupke (Indian)
5. There's Something About Mary
6. Mickey Blue Eyes


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Geeks are sexy...and so are detergents...

Hey pals, sorry for not keeping this space active for a while. I've been busy with my finals and then guess graduation! Yes, managed that! Will post a few photos soon.
I was going to resume blogging actively in a week or two, but couldn't resist this one! Don't ask me where I came across this.

There is a detergent powder that sells in Switzerland by the name 'Linux' and is owned by a company called Rosch. There you go, look at this - 10Kg of Linux! hahaha!

So, the first thing that came to my mind is, shouldn't Linux be trademarked to either Linus or IBM or Novell or anyone but a detergent company? So, is it a violation of trademark rights for some washing powder company to use that name?
I did a trademark search on the USPTO website for the term Linux and got 26 matches with two of them matching the whole word Linux.

Look at Trademarks -

(1) 74560867 -
G & S: computer operating system software to facilitate computer use and operation. FIRST USE: 19940802. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19940802

Last listed owner - Linus Torvalds

(2) 75735641
G & S: laundry detergents and laundry bleaches for home use[; all purpose cleaning preparations for home use; general purpose scouring powders; skin soap for personal use; perfume; essential oils for personal use; preparations for personal hygiene and cosmetic purposes, namely, hair shampoo, skin toners, shower gel, skin lotions; hair tonic and toothpaste]


So, there are two trademarks, totally different, associated with the brand 'Linux'. This, I realized, is because trademarks are treated different than patents in that the mark is registered only with a specific type or range of products, and we obviously see that detergents have at least one dissimilarity with operating systems...fair enough? Well, I would agree, as long as the PTO officers are clear on how thick the line is between the various products and services that are being thrown into this earth everyday.......