No, the Kindle Fire is Not Being Spun Off into a New Company
A couple different blogs have turned up the paperwork for the Kindle Fire trademark this evening and unfortunately for me, there’s a know-nothing over at Gizmodo who has misinterpreted what the paperwork means. He’s kicking up all this ruckus over what is a non-story.
First let me tell you what’s getting him all excited. If you go to www.uspto.gov and look up "Kindle Fire", you’ll see that it was registered by a Delaware company called Seesaw LLC. Seesaw also hold the trademarks for Amazon Silk, the new browser for the Kindle Fire.
Please do not get excited about this detail because it is not news. Lots of companies file for trademarks via a holding company of one kind or another. It doesn’t mean anything.
Barnes & Noble, for example, file all their trademarks under a company called Fusion LLC. That’s just how they have chosen to handle the paperwork; it doesn’t mean anything more than that.
Also, the original Kindle trademark was filed through a dummy company long before the Kindle launched. Amazon used the dummy company to hide the trademark – not because they were planning to spin off the Kindle.
Sorry for getting pissy, folks, but this kind of mindless blogging irritates me to no end.