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2008-12-12 15:03:46

A Russian businessman's attempt to cash in on the smiley face symbol was frowned upon by Russia's patent service Rospatent Friday. Rospatent rejected Oleg Teterin's claim that he could license the smiley face icon and demand royalties from its use, Novosti reported. Teterin registered the trademark for his mobile phone company Superphone, Russian Infocenter reported. But, the smiley does not identify the company and cannot be used as its trademark and cannot be registered as such, a Rospatent...

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2008-12-12 14:00:00

A local businessman says that a series of punctuation marks used to convey a wink in text messages, known as an emoticon, have been trademarked in Russia. Oleg Teterin, an entrepreneur, said the trademark for the ;-) emoticon was granted to him by Russia's federal patent agency. However, critics doubt the trademark's legal basis because the emoticon has been in the public domain for years. Teterin said he would chase firms using the symbol without permission. "I want to highlight that this is...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.