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From "n. alex rupp" <rupp0...@umn.edu>
Subject Re: Jeep is a trademark of Chrysler
Date Fri, 19 Dec 2003 00:22:49 GMT
IANAL, but the facts remain.

The word "Jeep" is not a word in any other context but that used to define the
WWII General Purpose military vehicle and its derivatives.  Except perhaps as a
character in Popeye comics.  My point is that the word is contrived, not a part
of standard vocabulary.

At Dictionary.com it's defined as "A trademark used for a civilian motor
vehicle."

So the principle below is beside the point.  As intellectual property, that
particular word is not a part of the public domain and cannot be used.  Like
"Frisbee" brand flying discs and "Kleenex" brand facial tissues, "Jeep" is not
applicable to any other usage.

--
N.



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike" <apache@good-with-numbers.com>
To: <geronimo-dev@incubator.apache.org>
Sent: Thursday, December 18, 2003 4:06 PM
Subject: Re: Jeep is a trademark of Chrysler


> The principle to trademark infringement is whether it creates
> confusion in the marketplace.  "Jeep" is a widely recognized trademark
> in this country, and has been applied to non-vehicular, "lifestyle"
> products, I believe, though nothing like an app server!  So there's
> potential for confusion, but it's arguable.  And we have enough to
> argue about right now.
>
> To add to the confusion, Jeep actually released a vehicle called
> "Apache"!
>
> On Thu, Dec 18, 2003 at 04:40:42PM -0500, Patrice Le Vexier wrote:
> > Is the trademark in US protects only similar services or products ? If the
> > product is different, car (or other) versus app server, it is not possible
> > to use it ?
> >
> > -----Message d'origine-----
> > De : n. alex rupp [mailto:rupp0035@umn.edu]
> >
> > You cannot name the project "Jeep".  The word is a trademarc of the Chrysler
> > corporation, so it's out of bounds for the same reason as "Kleenex",
> > "Frisbee"
> > and "Cheetos".
>


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