The photo-sharing company Twitpic is to close following a trademark dispute with Twitter. The large social network demanded that Twitpic drop an application for a trademark. Twitpic gained a large following after its 2008 launch, and is a third-party service that allowed users to post and share pictures on the social network. Twitter has since added its own photo-sharing feature. Twitter responded to the news that Twitpic was closing down. “We’re sad to see Twitpic is shutting down,” Twitter said in a statement. “We encourage developers to build on top of the Twitter service, as Twitpic has done for years, and we made it clear that they could operate using the Twitpic name. “Of course, we also have to protect our brand, and that includes trademarks tied to the brand,” the company added. Twitpic founder Noah Everett said “Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe wholeheartedly is rightfully ours.” In his latest blog post he said that Twitpic would be shutting down on 25 September, but that it would enable a feature to allow users to export photos and videos within the next few days. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article. Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with business law solicitors in Oakham and across the country.