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From Todd Volkert <tvolk...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: ASF Board Meeting Summary - December 16, 2009
Date Thu, 17 Dec 2009 18:49:50 GMT
Just talked to a trademark lawyer friend of mine, and he emphasized that you
can't trademark a common word in the English language (like "Pivot") - you
can trademark a sequence of words, like "Microsoft Pivot", a graphic, a
jingle, etc.  So what exactly did MS trademark -- "Microsoft Pivot"?  If so,
then I'd think we're in the clear to use "Apache Pivot"...


On Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 1:09 PM, Greg Brown <gkbrown@mac.com> wrote:

> FWIW, all of our public communications introduce the project as "Apache
> Pivot" but often later use the shortened "Pivot" form to avoid unnecessary
> verbosity. Not sure if this is relevant, but I thought I would mention it.
> On Dec 17, 2009, at 12:07 PM, Todd Volkert wrote:
> Tho has it been using "Pivot" or "Apache Pivot"? And how long has msft
>> been using their "Pivot" (unregistered) mark?
> It's been "Apache Pivot".  As far as I can tell, Microsoft only publicly
> announced their Pivot project in late November '09.
> Forgive my ignorance, but what's the process towards getting this
> resolved?  It stands to reason that we shouldn't migrate our infrastructure
> and such until we make sure that we're ok to keep the name "Apache Pivot",
> but how is that determination made?
> -T

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