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From Terry <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Product Branding
Date Tue, 01 Nov 2011 22:12:06 GMT
I agree that ownership of the '' brand should be preserved; allowing someone
else to use it would create confusion.

I also prefer that '.org' be dropped from the product name.  My suggestion is that legal
advice be obtained (ASAP) on how (if at all) the OO.o brand can be preserved without using
it as the product name.  Perhaps use as a domain name would suffice.  Perhaps acknowledging
OO.o as the forbear of the new brand would suffice.


----- Original Message -----
> From: Rob Weir <>
> To:
> Cc: 
> Sent: Wednesday, 2 November 2011 2:50 AM
> Subject: [DISCUSS] Product Branding
> <snip>
> My one concern with this name is its effect on the existing
> trademark registration.  If we call ourselves "Apache
> OpenOffice" and never as "" what happens to the 
> existing trademark?  Is it considered abandoned?  Can anyone then use it?  Can
> we prevent someone from causing confusion by adopting that name for a
> similar product?
> To put it in perspective, when Oracle announced that it was
> contributing OOo to Apache, within a week a company attempted to
> register the trademark "OpenOffice" in the US.  The value of our brand
> is significant enough to attract scams.
> Considering the past abuse that has been attempted against this brand,
> and the likely future repetitions of the same, I think that it is
> critical that we have some way to protect ourselves and our users
> against confusing misuse of the names OpenOffice,, Open
> Office, etc., in the usual variations.
> For example,  would Apache actually register "Apache OpenOffice" as a
> US trademark?
> So in summary, I like the shorter name "Apache OpenOffice" better than
> "Apache".  But I just want to make sure we don't 
> lose the effective benefits and priority of the existing
> trademark registration.
> -Rob

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