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From Todd Volkert <tvolk...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: ASF Board Meeting Summary - December 16, 2009
Date Thu, 17 Dec 2009 19:03:15 GMT
Huh... it's like how TRW was granted a patent on geosynchronous orbit -
turns out you can patent gravity!  I guess that's why I'm not a lawyer :)

So how do we proceed?

-T

On Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 1:53 PM, Justin Erenkrantz <justin@erenkrantz.com>wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 10:49 AM, Todd Volkert <tvolkert@gmail.com> wrote:
> > 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"...
>
> Microsoft has applied for a trademark for "Pivot" - see USPTO app
> 77859890 which you can find here:
>
> http://www.trademarkia.com/pivot-77859890.html
>
> HTH.  -- justin
>
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