The Skype case had been an attempt to challenge a ruling by the EU in 2005, which said that Skype’s branding was too similar to Sky for it to be given a trademark in the continent.
Microsoft lost the re-launched case, but says that it is planning to appeal.
The names of Skype and Sky are too similar for the public to tell the difference between them, a European court has ruled.
The ruling means that Microsoft won’t be able to get a trademark on its chat app, Skype.
This decision does not require us to alter product names in any way."Though Sky could now theoretically pursue Microsoft for money for using the name, its reaction to the case did not seem to indicate that it would.