Friday, July 9, 2010
Trademark owners beware: augmented reality can pollute your brand -- written because of "the leak in your home town"
International – Trademark owners beware: augmented reality can pollute your brand
By Adam Smith
July 07 2010
There’s a new form of trademark infringement on the horizon. For the past few years, brand owners have been scratching their heads over what to do when third parties use their trademarks in online games and virtual worlds. The merging of parody, free speech and trademark infringement has led brands into some murky waters. Now programmers have come up with a new way to play with brand value: augmented reality.
It is an innovation that connects the real world with the virtual world: for example, physical branded products can be augmented in real-time with digital images. Point your camera phone at the logo on a BP service station and the screen displays the now infamous Helios with a gushing oil pipe bursting from its centre. This topical example is the basis for the first brand application of the system.......
Posted by markskwarek at 3:43 PM