Telegram Sues Startup over Cryptocurrency Naming Rights

Telegram has filed a trademark suit against a Florida company that also intends to create a cryptocurrency named “gram”
16 May 2018   1005

Encrypted messaging company Telegram filed the suit on May 11 in the San Francisco branch of the US District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that Lantah LLC violated Telegram’s service mark rights when it filed a trademark application for “gram” in February. 

The Pavel Durov-led firm raised $1.7 billion from a group of less than 200 accredited investors to fund the development of the future Telegram Open Network (TON), which native cryptocurrency will be called GRAM.

In February Lantah LLC filed a trademark registration for “gram,” stating that it intended to develop a “virtual currency for use by members of an online community via a global computer network.” That application was filed after Telegram had begun raising funds for its network.

Telegram claims that it has acquired “common law trademark rights” to GRAM since it has already conducted a “widely reported on and highly successful offering of Purchase Agreements” using the term. The firm further alleges that Lantah is operating in bad faith and seeks to profit from brand confusion.

Lantah was publicly using the Gram name before we were even aware of Telegram’s decision to market one of their products with the same name.  This was backed up by the availability of the trademark. We are now having the matter reviewed by counsel.

 

Daniel Jeffrey

Founder, Lantah LLC

Jeffrey also said that contrary to Telegram’s claim, Lantah was using the “gram” trademark before it was even aware that Telegram had decided to market a product under the same name.

Diffusion 2019 to Gather Crypto Hackers in Berlin

World most interesting tokenised protocol teams joined forces to create one of the biggest devconf in the world
20 September 2019   229

19th-20th October 2019, Berlin, one of the IT capitals of the world, will gather representatives of blockchain, AI, IoT and Big Data industries across the globe. 350 developers are going to test their skills, by hacking with 25m+ lines of open source code. Thousand of prizes awaits the winners.

This two-day event will focus on the practical application of open-source distributed ledger technology, smart contracts, machine learning and programmable tokens, to create a new data layer.
 

Diffusion

Diffusion 2019 Attendants
Diffusion 2019 Attendants

The conference will last for two days and is focused on the practical usage of open-source blockchain technology, machine learning, programmable tokens and smart contracts with a goal to create a new data layer. 

If you are not a skilled programmer, you will find what to do, Join panels, chats, workshops. Discuss the latest topics, such as token economics, blockchain for enterprise, AI, deep learning and more. Whether you are a dev, work in IT or tech industry, geek or just interested all that new - this is a place for you. You will be able to discuss things and share knowledge with lead developers, professors, start-upers and CEOs.

Part of Diffusion 2019 Attendants
Part of Diffusion 2019 Attendants

The event will take place at the Factory Berlin.

Hype.Codes team is happy to report that our journalist is going to the Diffusion 2019 too! Anton will provide you, our dear readers, with the freshest news and announces straight from the Factory.

Also, check out the latest conference's partnership with ETHBerlin.

And now the most interesting thing. You will be able to to take part in a hackathon for free!

Apply for free place at Hackaton now!

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