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From Nicola Ken Barozzi <>
Subject Re: [ANTidote] possibly needs to be renamed!
Date Fri, 17 Oct 2003 10:03:25 GMT wrote:
>>>Surely Apache has run into this before, no?
>>Yup. For example Microsoft has Avalon, and Sony has Cocoon. But our 
>>projects are "Apache Avalon" and "Apache Cocoon".
>>So it's not *strictly* necessary to change the name, but why 
>>risk when 
>>you don't have a brand to protect anyhow.
> Is it possible for a company to register a name which is used by others
> in the same domain earlier?
> E.g. if Apache uses "Ant" for years; can Microsoft register that name
> for another neat tool now?

IANAL, but AFAIK no.

Nicola Ken Barozzi         
             - verba volant, scripta manent -
    (discussions get forgotten, just code remains)

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