Common Trademark Issues
- Richard Fontana
- Bradley M. Kuhn
- Eben Moglen
- Matthew Norwood
- Daniel B. Ravicher
- Karen Sandler
- James Vasile
- Aaron Williamson
A Legal Issues Primer for Open Source and Free Software Projects - Chapter 5
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June 4, 2008
This contains a general overview of Trademarks. You shouldn't try to trademark a generic name such as "music player". Unlike with patents, you should search Trademarks, including things that are unregistered. Registering yours give you stronger protection that not.
- They're very clear you should seek profession advice if needed.
- Extremely thourough amounts of information, such as pricing.
- Unlike in the Patents, they gave a clear example when talking about giving permission for outside people to use a trademark.
- There's no examples for what might count as a specimen outside of what the USPTO requires.
- This chapter didn't speak at all to laws outside of the US and how that might affect software projects.
- It ends.
- Who gets to decide that genericide has happened.
- Do you have to pay more money to update your mark?
- What defines a thorough search?
This chapter gave a very good overview of Trademarks and some good examples of how to use one or to deal with other people using them. It reiterates
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