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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Wookie IP clearance
Date Wed, 22 Jul 2009 18:44:18 GMT
2009/7/22 Jim Jagielski <jim@jagunet.com>:
> Are we cool with the name 'wookie' as a mark??

I have done trademark searches in the UK and the US.

In the US there are three "dead" trademarks:

WOOKIES  for Flavored nuts, shelled nuts, roasted nuts; processed
nuts; snack mix consisting primarily of processed nuts

COOKIE WOOKIE for Restaurant and canteen services

WOOKIE for TOY ACTION FIGURES

WOOKIES (nuts) also exists in the UK

There are no other references.

I therefore had no concerns about the name from a trademark perspective.

Were you asking to check or do you have a concern?

Ross

>
> On Jul 20, 2009, at 2:43 PM, Ross Gardler wrote:
>
>> In the wookie proposal I recommended that the consortium agreement for
>> the donating project be examined to ensure that none of the other
>> institutions can lay claim to any IP in the code.
>>
>> I now have a copy of the consortium agreement and can confirm that it
>> says:
>>
>> "The Parties agree to disseminate and distribute their products widely
>> and for free using OSI certified Open Source licenses and Creative
>> Common licenses. To avoid a conflict of interests between Open Source
>> and Proprietary Approaches any use of Pre-existing Know-How (know-how
>> and software), will be strictly done:
>>
>>   * in good faith that it will not prevent the creation of a final
>> system which can work without being depending on the Pre-existing
>> Know-how and its licenses; or
>>   * to explore as a test case on how Pre-existing Know-how can be
>> integrated as an optional component."
>>
>> The project team have confirmed verbally that no third parties outside
>> of this agreement have contributed to the code base, I am in the
>> process of confirming that no third parties inside the agreement have
>> contributed code.
>>
>> In my opinion this is sufficient for the ASF to accept this
>> contribution (once (i)CLAs are in place). Speak up if you think
>> differently.
>>
>> Ross
>>
>> --
>> Ross Gardler
>>
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>> http://www.oss-watch.ac.uk
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