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From Jason Davies <>
Subject Re: Trademark issues with importing "ibrowse" into Apache CouchDB
Date Thu, 06 Aug 2009 14:57:04 GMT
Hi again,

In addition to this, it might be useful to note that:

- "ibrowse" was first made public on May 5th, 2005 according to the  
original public CVS repository (and no-one has complained about it  
since that time).
- the US trademark was registered on May 24th, 2005.
- Chandru and I have just searched the UK trademark database and  
discovered that "iBrowse" was registered in 2009, although by a  
different company to the US one.

Thanks again,
Jason Davies

On 6 Aug 2009, at 15:22, Jason Davies wrote:

> Hello all,
> We recently imported a third-party library "ibrowse" [1] into Apache  
> CouchDB.  Getting a software grant agreement is not a problem  
> (although we should have done this earlier).  However, as part of  
> the due diligence checks I am supposed to check for any existing  
> trademarks that it might violate.  I did a simple search on the US  
> trademark database and discovered there is a live trademark for  
> "ibrowse".  The trademark number is 2956316.
> Now, Googling for "ibrowse" turns up quite a few search results from  
> different usages of this name, so I don't know whether this means it  
> is not being enforced, and whether that means we don't need to worry.
> If someone more knowledgeable could check the trademark and advise  
> on whether Chandru (author of the ibrowse module that we are  
> importing) needs to change anything, and whether this is a problem  
> from Apache CouchDB, that would be very helpful.  Also, if there is  
> a more appropriate mailing list for this question, please let me know.
> Thanks!
> [1]:
> [2]:
> --
> Jason Davies
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