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From Justin Erenkrantz <jus...@erenkrantz.com>
Subject Re: ASF Board Meeting Summary - December 16, 2009
Date Thu, 17 Dec 2009 18:53:42 GMT
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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