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Python Trademark At Risk In Europe 122

Posted by Soulskill
from the from-community-import-firepower dept.
mvar writes "A company in the UK is trying to trademark the 'Python' term for all things computing. The Python Software Foundation is asking for help. According to the PSF, they contacted the company in order to settle the matter but 'They blew us off and responded by filing the community trademark application claiming the exclusive right to use "Python" for software, servers, and web services — everywhere in Europe.' They now seek help from the community in several ways: By sending a letter to the EU council if you happen to work on a company that uses the Python programming language, by providing EU-published material regarding the Python language (articles etc) and/or financially supporting the PSF in the upcoming legal battle."
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Python Trademark At Risk In Europe

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  • by SilenceBE (1439827) on Friday February 15, 2013 @11:42AM (#42910821)
    http://www.veber.co.uk/ [veber.co.uk] & pobox.co.uk [slashdot.org]

    This hasn't been an issue since then because the python.co.uk domain has, for most of its life, just forwarded its traffic on to the parent companies, veber.co.uk and pobox.co.uk. Unfortunately, Veber has decided that they want to start using the name "Python" for their server products.

    Seems like a cheap way to abuse the popularity of python to try to sell their own products. This is a company that I surely will ignore if they come in my path, don't like that kind of shenanigans.
  • by Jason Levine (196982) on Friday February 15, 2013 @11:54AM (#42910979)

    If you get sued and ignore the lawsuit, you will have a judgement issued against you. It won't be a fair one, either, because the other side will give their side of the story and you'll be seen as the type of person/group that ignores lawsuits. (Not looked favorably upon by judges.)

    If you ignore the judgement and just continue on, you risk further injunction by the court including jail time for contempt.

    Ignoring lawsuits is bad. Ignoring judgments from lawsuits is even worse.

  • by tuffy (10202) on Friday February 15, 2013 @12:04PM (#42911111) Homepage Journal

    The language is named after Monty Python's Flying Circus, but the trademark only applies to software.

  • by Kupfernigk (1190345) on Friday February 15, 2013 @12:24PM (#42911355)
    Yes, why are they not simply filing an objection? That's what you do. Someone applies, you object. You do not write to the EU Council of Ministers, you write to the European Trademarks and Patents Office.

    Just like you do in the US. It isn't hard. Someone tries to file a trademark using your established name, you send them a batch of stuff, application gets rejected.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 15, 2013 @12:52PM (#42911745)

    That is not entirely correct:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux#Copyright.2C_trademark.2C_and_naming

    "In the United States, the name Linux is a trademark registered to Linus Torvalds.[5] Initially, nobody registered it, but on 15 August 1994, William R. Della Croce, Jr. filed for the trademark Linux, and then demanded royalties from Linux distributors. In 1996, Torvalds and some affected organizations sued him to have the trademark assigned to Torvalds, and in 1997 the case was settled.[114]"

    In fact, the above is the first thing that came to my mind when I read the summary.

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