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From Reinhard Pötz <>
Subject Re: Find a new name for Corona
Date Thu, 31 Jul 2008 07:20:15 GMT
Ralph Goers wrote:
> Reinhard Pötz wrote:
>> Borland hasn't trademarked "silk" but only some variants of it. See 
>> "Silk" was trademarked by a company called mentis: 
>> The name that we would use is "Cocoon Silk". So I tend to think that 
>> it isn't a problem.
>> WDOT?
> Trademark or not, when people in software talk about Silk these products 
> are what they mean. Using a name that is already highly branded would be 
> a mistake. Maybe most of you are too young to get this but what would 
> you think of a project named Apache SideKick? If it wasn't a Personal 
> Information Manager people would be confused. If it was people would be 
> even more confused. (If you don't know what SideKick was see 
> The point is, people would expect Cocoon Silk to be some sort of 
> performance measurement tool, probably with the expectation that it 
> hooks into Silk Test or Silk Performer somehow.  (Which actually isn't a 
> bad idea).

I don't know neither SideKick nor Borland's Silk. I can't say if people 
immediately start to think of test tools when they hear the world silk 
somehow related to software. Silk is also used over 700! times in US 
trademarks only so people probably have many different first ideas.

IIUC Borland didn't care themselves that another company has already 
registered Silk and if other companies like Microsoft used Avalon for 
software years after the Apache Avalon project was started. I can't 
believe that they didn't know before ;-)

Reinhard Pötz                           Managing Director, {Indoqa} GmbH

Member of the Apache Software Foundation
Apache Cocoon Committer, PMC member        

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