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From Robert Burrell Donkin <robertburrelldon...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Trademark Kill Searches...
Date Tue, 01 Nov 2011 08:53:25 GMT
On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 12:55 AM, David Crossley <crossley@apache.org> wrote:
> Kalle Korhonen wrote:
>> Robert Burrell Donkin
>> <robertburrelldonkin@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > <robertburrelldonkin@gmail.com> wrote:
>> >> But yes, I agree that using "kill search" is probably a bad idea.

<snip>

>> Not sure this action item needs to have a single, well-defined name,
>> but I think you are approaching it from the wrong angle. Instead of
>> eliminating, the projects need to do something like "name availability
>> search", or even "confirming availability of a trademark", although
>> it's difficult to get a 100% confirmation. It should be enough just to
>> verify the availability "to the best of your ability" using common,
>> best-practice guidance.

+1

> I was wondering along these lines too.
> Make up our own term from a positive angle.
>
> "Suitable Names Search"

Works for me (if anyone has anything better, please jump in)

> In the last few days i have also been investigating
> our Guidelines documentation. There does not seem to
> be much assistance for this task. I have commenced
> some additions.

Great :-)

IMHO the task documentation needs relocating from the status template.
I've been wondering about the best approach for a while...

The legal side makes writing assistance tricky. (Publishing anything
which a court might later take to be advice would not be wise.) One
motivation in moving this task to JIRA is that then podlings could
learn inductively without the need for high quality general
documentation on trademark searches. (IMHO if the Incubator needs this
then we should approach the board to engage legal resources to produce
it for us.)

But I'd be very happy to hear alternative ideas :-)

Robert

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