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From Ian Lynch <ianrly...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Trademark Clearance: Apache OpenOffice
Date Thu, 01 Dec 2011 23:00:58 GMT
On 1 December 2011 21:39, Shane Curcuru <asf@shanecurcuru.org> wrote:

> On 2011-12-01 10:56 AM, Donald Harbison wrote:
>
>> The PPMC has approved the trademark and brand for the project and
>> product as 'Apache OpenOffice'[1].
>>
>> We request confirmation that the ASF has registered the trademark in the
>> US.
>>
>
> Trademark for what, specifically?  You don't have an available software
> product yet.  ;-)
>
> Trademarks - at least in the US - only have being as an identifier tying a
> specific product to a specific organization that produces that product, so
> as to prevent consumer confusion over the source of the actual goods
> (typically for us, the actual software product downloads).
>

Is there not a danger then of some other organisations saying we have a
company called Apache Tribesmen and we have an Open Office in London so we
are trademarking Apache OpenOffice?


> Normally we would not process trademark registrations - which take
> resources and funding - for podlings.  But this may be a special case, so
> once the AOO PPMC has a publicly downloadable release of a useable software
> product called "Apache OpenOffice", we can discuss if we are willing to
> start the registration process for the podling, or if we wait (as we
> usually would) for you to graduate to TLP.
>
> In any case, you should certainly treat Apache OpenOffice as our trademark
> for our website and the product we plan to offer, and use a TM by it as
> noted in the branding policy.
>
>
>
>> What is the ASF guidelines for using 'Apache OpenOffice' worldwide?
>>
>
> Currently, the same as all the rest of our TLP projects (i.e., when AOO
> wants to graduate): make sure your website and product comply with the
> branding policy:
>
>  http://www.apache.org/**foundation/marks/pmcs<http://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/pmcs>
>
> Given that our only real presence is on the web, we don't have specific
> policies for different jurisdictions at this time.
>
> - Shane
>
>
>> [1]http://s.apache.org/O3P
>>
>
>


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