Cloud computing is a hot, but not so new, buzzword describing computing services available over the Internet while the data and software reside in large data centers. The term 'cloud computing' has been in use for more than a couple of years but now Dell wants to claim the term for its own and has applied to the U.S. Patent and Trade Office for a trademark on the term. Dell's application has proceeded along and has reached what is called the Notice of Allowance phase. Once this stage is reached the aplicant is free to file an intent to use. Something tells me Dell's lawyers are going to have their hands full trying to protect this term.