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From Niclas Hedhman <nic...@hedhman.org>
Subject Re: Trademark issues with importing "ibrowse" into Apache CouchDB
Date Thu, 06 Aug 2009 15:02:48 GMT
Yes the list is legal-internal@, since the standing request to all PMC is
not to "go looking" for problems and make such searches public knowledge.
This is more important when it comes to patent than for trademarks.

On the list above, you will have ASF's Legal Counsel available for real
legal advice...

-- Niclas

On Aug 6, 2009 10:36 PM, "Jason Davies" <jason@jasondavies.com> wrote:

Hello all,

We recently imported a third-party library "ibrowse" [1] into Apache
CouchDB.  Getting a software grant agreement is not a problem (although we
should have done this earlier).  However, as part of the due diligence
checks I am supposed to check for any existing trademarks that it might
violate.  I did a simple search on the US trademark database and discovered
there is a live trademark for "ibrowse".  The trademark number is 2956316.

Now, Googling for "ibrowse" turns up quite a few search results from
different usages of this name, so I don't know whether this means it is not
being enforced, and whether that means we don't need to worry.

If someone more knowledgeable could check the trademark and advise on
whether Chandru (author of the ibrowse module that we are importing) needs
to change anything, and whether this is a problem from Apache CouchDB, that
would be very helpful.  Also, if there is a more appropriate mailing list
for this question, please let me know.

Thanks!

[1]: http://github.com/cmullaparthi/ibrowse/tree/master
[2]: http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe?f=login&p_lang=english&p_d=trmk

--
Jason Davies

www.jasondavies.com


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