So does this legal dispute from Facebook imply that any small business or startup that wants to add the word "book" to the end of their name should also expect legal action from the social media giant?
Unexpectedly, Designbook gained a powerful ally when Vermont’s governor decided to weigh in on the trademark dispute.
Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg suggesting that the Facebook co-founder stop bullying his residents and to back off all objections to the trademark application from Designbook.
"It's great to start a business in a state where the governor is supporting small businesses and against misuse of the trademark system. We were quite surprised Facebook opposed our trademark. The opposition is a distraction from creating an awesome Web application."
Designbook is an early stage disruptive software company streamlining the process of seeking investment, building teams, and exchanging social or human capital for equity in a company.
No word yet on whether or not Facebook will continue on with the trademark dispute.