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From Roman Shaposhnik <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Geode Incubation proposal
Date Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:05:22 GMT
On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 11:42 AM, jan i <> wrote:
> On 13 April 2015 at 19:19, Greg Chase <> wrote:
>> jan i <jani <at>> writes:
>> >
>> > On Sunday, April 12, 2015, dsh <daniel.haischt <at>> wrote:
>> >
>> > > Just as a quick remark. Geode might be a trademark owned by AMD:
>> > >
>> >
>> > Good catch, we need to hear the opinion of trademark <at>  because it
>> depend on
>> > it is in an overlapping field (as I understood it). F.x. Corinthia is
>> > registered as a print font and hotel chain, but that was not a problem.
>> >
>> > I think it is a good proposal and the project seems to have good chances
>> of
>> > growing under the wings of apache.
>> >
>> > rgds
>> > jan i
>> >
>> The name "Geode" was thought up by the Geode contributors at Pivotal.
>> Pivotal legal did a pretty extensive trademark search to ensure there would
>> be no infringement.  It was their opinion that there  is low risk of
>> trademark
>> infringement with the AMD product.
>> However, its fully understandable that Apache legal needs to vet the name
>> of the project should it be accepted for incubation.
> Thanks for the explanation, that was what I expected, but since a slight
> concern has
> been raised, I have the following proposal.
> Get a statement from Pivotal legal, what they have done, and add it to the
> proposal.
> That will also give ASF trademark (not legal) a stepping stone.

I guess at this point I'm not sure what level of specific details
would be required.
Like I said: Pivotal has done a trademark clearance search to determine whether
the Geode name was available for use. The determination was that it is ok to
use it.

Of course, ASF always has to do a PODLINGNAMESEARCH before blessing
the name and we fully expect this to be the case here. I am not saying that
we somehow replaced that step. All I am saying is that chances of Geode
passing PODLINGNAMESEARCH are high. But that's just one company's

Not sure what other level of details needs to be communicated. If somebody
can jump in and tell me specifics -- that would be appreciated.


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