Amazon sued for infringement of Freesat’s FREETIME trade mark

Amazon has been sued by Freesat, the free-to-air digital satellite television joint venture between the BBC and ITV. This case is surprisingly similar to the YouView case and seems to involve a technology company using a trade mark which it didn’t clear for use in the UK prior to launch. It also highlights how the convergence of technology is having a huge impact on the scope of trade mark specifications covering tech goods. Freesat has various trade marks for FREETIME in relation to, amongst other things, set top boxes, EPGs and apps for recording TV programmes remotely.

Freesat objects to Amazon’s app called Freetime/Kindle Freetime and its imminent subscription service called Kindle Freetime Unlimited. Freesat is even more concerned that Amazon is planning to launch a Fire TV set top box in the UK which comes preinstalled with Amazon’s Freetime service. We will keep you posted on how this case progresses…