Trademark attorney predicts legal fights with Twitter’s rebrand to X.

Trademark attorney predicts legal fights with Twitter's rebrand to X.

The X Rebranding: Potential Legal and Financial Consequences for Twitter

X Rebranding

The recent announcement of Twitter’s rebranding to “X” by its CEO Elon Musk has sparked significant controversy within the social media industry. Trademark attorney Josh Gerben has suggested that this rebranding could potentially lead to costly litigation for the company. In fact, Gerben estimates that Twitter could spend over $100 million in dealing with trademark infringement lawsuits, both domestically and internationally.

Gerben points out that U.S.-based companies like Microsoft and Meta already possess trademarks for different products and services that include the letter “X”. Therefore, Twitter’s rebranding may potentially infringe on these existing trademarks, providing grounds for legal action. Moreover, countless other companies may also believe they have a legitimate claim against Twitter due to the new brand’s similarity to their existing trademarks.

The decision to rebrand Twitter to “X” and abandon the iconic blue bird logo has been considered unprecedented in history. Gerben emphasizes the value of the Twitter trademark and how retaining it would have saved the company from the legal complications associated with the rebranding. Through the Twitter brand, Elon Musk’s company could have exercised greater flexibility without facing substantial legal hurdles.

The rebranding announcement took place on July 23, with the blue bird logo being replaced by a black and white “X” logo. X Corp, established by Musk in March, serves as the parent company of Twitter. However, the referenced blue bird logo still remains on the platform’s search bar and the “tweet” button, causing confusion among users. This lack of clarity and Musk’s inability to provide a definitive answer regarding the new name for a retweet have subjected the rebranding to criticism on the platform itself.

Despite the criticism, Musk has hinted at Twitter’s future plans, suggesting that the platform aims to become a significant player in the global financial system. He has alluded to services that could encompass a significant portion of the financial industry, elevating Twitter’s relevance to users’ financial lives.

This rebranding controversy is just the latest in a series of major changes within Twitter since Musk took over the company in October 2022. Following the acquisition, Musk fired several members of the executive team and implemented a shift away from the platform’s traditional verification system, favoring various paid options instead of the iconic blue checkmarks.

Interestingly, Musk’s previous temporary change of the Twitter logo to the Dogecoin (DOGE) shiba inu symbol has fueled speculation about his future plans for the platform. However, for the rebranding to “X,” the physical logo on Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco may soon change from the blue bird to simply the letter “X.”

During Musk’s tenure, Twitter has experienced a significant decrease in U.S. advertising revenue, dropping approximately 59% from April to May compared to the same period the previous year. This decline in revenue coincided with former NBCUniversal executive Linda Yaccarino taking over as CEO. Despite this transition, Musk remains active on the platform and continues to post regularly.

In conclusion, Twitter’s rebranding to “X” under Elon Musk’s leadership has caused considerable controversy within the industry. The potential legal ramifications and associated costs raise concerns about the strategic decisions made by the company. As Twitter enters this new phase, it remains to be seen how the platform will navigate the legal challenges and the impact it will have on its overall business.