Microsoft not the only one using 'OneDrive' name

Microsoft not the only one using 'OneDrive' name

Summary: It rebranded SkyDrive after losing a trademark battle, but another minefield might be next with the new name already widely used, including in the parts found in KFC delivery vehicles and software-related businesses.

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TOPICS: Legal, Microsoft
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(source: zipbolt.com.au)

Microsoft might have rechristened its cloud storage service from "SkyDrive" to "OneDrive" to avoid legal troubles, but it could be in another potential minefield with the new name already being used by a slew of companies and products.

Among the places where the OneDrive name can be found, include the motorparts used in some KFC delivery vehicles in Malaysia, car-related businesses, various software-related companies, and even a hardware tool, noted Techgeek.

For example, OneDrive is the name of a bolt designed by Australian company Zipbolt, noted the report. It's described as a "fully self contained one piece connector with a self exiting screw shaft" that saves users time when assembling furniture such as cupboards.

It's also the name of a motorparts product by KLD Energy Technologies for electric vehicles, including those used by Kentucky Fried Chicken for its delivery fleet in Malaysia.

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OneDrive is a propulsion and generation system for electric vehicles, used in Eclimo scooters. (source: www.kldenergy.com/onedrive)


Not surprisingly in the automotive space, OneDrive is also the name of a car parts distributor in Portugal, which has four stores across the country.

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One of four stores under Portuguese car parts distributor OneDrive. (source: http://www.onedrive.pt)

Halfway around the world in New Zealand, it's also the name of a car-rental service provided by AVIS, noted Techgeek.

In the software space, ONEDrive is an upcoming program by DataONE, the Data Observation Network for Earth which is supported by the National Science Foundation in the U.S for ecological and environmental research data.

It's also the name of an API that is available on GitHub. According to the Singaporean developer Kajal Sinha,  OneDrive is a framework API where "all Cloud Services (SkyDrive, DropBox, Box, Google Drive etc) lands up and provide a common interface to which a client system can interact".

Perhaps the most interesting find was in Brazil, where it found there was a cloud storage service called OneDrive, run by Locaweb, a local web hosting company. It suddenly changed the service's name to GoDrive as recently as last week, thanks to the Internet Archive uncovered by Techgeek, which it speculated might have involved some influence from Microsoft.

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Brazilian web hosting firm Locaweb changed its cloud storage service's name from OneDrive to GoDrive as recently as last week.

Looks like OneDrive is a pretty popular name for hosting services, with another company in Istanbul also laying claim. It's been operational since September 2013, and is a subsidiary of H20 Ventures, according to its site.

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OneDrive provides hosting services in Turkey. (source: http://onedrive.com.tr)

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  • Sounds like they're all either unrelated or MS beat them to it or MS made a

    deal with them. So this really isn't interesting at all until someone makes a claim to it.
    Johnny Vegas
    • Johnny Vegas: "unrelated"

      Doesn't matter. Lookup 'trademark dilution'.
      Rabid Howler Monkey
  • Who is researching these names

    If a journalist can find these examples what is MS' legal department doing? Someone has a proper trademark and will enforcement.
    Linux_Lurker
    • But if so many companies are using the name

      what aren't they out suing each other already?
      William.Farrel
      • expenses...

        1. It costs money to sue...
        2. The others don't have any...
        3. Microsoft will try to buy their own way. As usual.

        #3 didn't work in England...
        jessepollard
        • Or a fourth option, jesse

          4. Your 3rd doesn't matter as even you don't believe it, and if you do, it still doesn't matter because we know why you typed it.
          William.Farrel
      • also.. they are all in different countries...

        And it takes time and money to search globally for names that may be taken.

        If it isn't taken locally, who cares? They are a local company anyway.
        jessepollard
  • Oh geez, here we go again

    Maybe they should call it "ee$$wmcoeir" - I'm sure that's not taken!
    Mac_PC_FenceSitter
  • LOL

    I thought is was NSADrive
    NathanDrake
  • LINQ

    Not sure if this term is trademarked by MS but there is the new shopping center opening in Las Vegas under LINQ name. We are running out of names apparently. Although we had lots of people with the same names for centuries and did survive so maybe this trademark issue is overblown.
    paul2011
  • It a matter of size

    The big boys don't care if they steal the rights of the little companies since they know they can't be sued. An earlier example, I heard about, is that Apple's lawyers sent a nasty letter to an Australian shop that had the cheek to call itself the Apple Store. It was a greengrocer who had been in business before Apple was even thought of.
    alfred@...
  • OneBigDrive.com started before OneDrive.com

    One Big Drive is a consolidated cloud storage company who started their site and services 3-4 weeks prior to Microsofts One Drive and has many of the same features. This is probably the biggest issue for Microsoft and their name choice. OneBigDrive.com will probably start litigation or sue Microsoft at some point if Microsoft doesn't buy them out first. They are a publicly traded company at PTPF so this may get interesting.
    docmonty