Current, the San Francisco-based cable network co-founded by former vice president Al Gore, is being sued in federal court over its name by an Internet company also known as Current, according to the Gazette in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Current, the Internet company based in Maryland, claims it has the right to the word “current” when it comes to Internet and broadband communications, and that its name is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2001. But Current, Gore’s TV network, claims that the word “current” is used by lots of businesses. A trial is set for January 2007. Current, the Internet company, is backed financially by Google, Hearst and investment giant Goldman Sachs. Current TV was founded by Gore and Hyatt Legal Services founder Joel Z. Hyatt of Atherton.

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