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From Danese Cooper <>
Subject Re: (was Re: Ooo blog)
Date Sat, 09 Jul 2011 15:34:31 GMT
If you want a legal opinion, please forward a request to

My non-legal (and non-binding) response is that I believe is a valuable (read:
 "already paid for") worldwide trademark. We could seek to establish a new trademark using
Apache in the name to make it sufficiently unique, but the ASF doesn't normally spend money
to secure worldwide rights.

By the way, HP is slip-streaming the common-knowledge popularity of OpenOffice...which is
a normal tactic...but they are doing so as a calculated risk. I'm betting Sun or Oracle lawyers
already sent warning notices, and we will probably have to as well (once we come to own the


On Jul 9, 2011, at 5:48 AM, Peter Junge <> wrote:

>>> As to the differentiation of and Apache,
>>> I would propose to use the latter for the project and the community
>>> now, but keeping the former for the branding of the product.
>> I can't help wondering though if HiPath OpenOffice is not a problem for
>> Siemens (and presumably other trademark holders)
>> why Apache openOffice would be/cause a problem for us.
> That's something a lawyer should answer.

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