In a trademark battle between Financial Systems Software Ltd. and Financial Software Systems Inc., a federal judge has ruled that both companies’ names are “generic,” and therefore entitled to no protection, but that only one company can use the alphanym FSS in its logo.

In an 18-page opinion handed down last week, Senior U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro found that all three of the words in both companies’ names are generic and that neither company’s ordering of the words achieved any higher level of protection.

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