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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Time for the ASF to send an Open Letter?
Date Thu, 17 Nov 2011 14:02:46 GMT
On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 8:56 AM, Kazunari Hirano <khirano@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Rob and all,
>
> On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 10:23 PM, Rob Weir <robweir@apache.org> wrote:
>> I don't think so.  Part of protecting a brand is to prevent "confusing
>> similarity".,  For example, we could not go out and sell soft drinks
>> under the name "Coca-Cola.org" or pizza under the name "Pizza
>> Hut.net".
>
> I see.
>
> In Japan "OpenOffice" is the registered trademark (No.4688483,
> registered on July 4, 2003) [1] owned by Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.[2]
>
> [1] http://www1.ipdl.inpit.go.jp/syutsugan/TM_DETAIL_A.cgi?0&2&0&1&5&132153723258785500651374
> [2] http://www.fujixerox.co.jp/company/about/oof.html
>
> We have been using "OpenOffice.org" for a long time in Japan, no problem.
> :)
>

And that is fine.   A trademark is for a particular category of
product.  The Japanese trademark is not for personal productivity
applications.  It is possible for the same name to be used in
different trademarks, if they are used for different things and they
would not cause confusion.

> Thanks,
> khirano
>

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