[Foundation] New steps, moving forward

Harold E. Gottschalk Jr. heg at imissary.com
Thu Aug 8 12:02:34 CDT 2002

> The first major step forward is Jabber, Inc.'s sponsorship of 
> my work. We're ready to start taking the next step, 
> transitioning from my relationship as an employee to that of 
> a sponsorship.  The goal is for this to happen by virtue of a 
> grant to the JSF, subject to approval by the JSF Board.  This 
> is an important development, and means the growing 
> relationship between the myself, the JSF, JINC, and the rest 
> of the community is very clear and open.  It also is an 
> opportunity for the JSF to strengthening it's position, and 
> can create a precedent that opens the door for other grants 
> and sponsorships to follow.

This excellent news! This was the intention of the goal I outlined for
2003-2004 Grant and it appears that it may happen for the 2002-2003
year.  Thanks Jabber, Inc.

> The second and more important action is progress regarding 
> the handling of the Jabber Trademark. 
> I've been collaborating with JINC, specifically Tony Bamonti, 
> VP of Open Alliances and Standards, and learning quickly 
> about trademark administration and the importance surrounding 
> it for our community.  In order to make progress, the 
> important work to be done here is ultimately within the JSF, 
> and beginning to build a framework capable of managing what 
> "Jabber" means.  This involves handling applications for the 
> usages, levels of standards compliance, testing, and 
> resolving issues as they arise.  Once this begins with the 
> JabberPowered mark, then realistic progress can be made 
> surrounding the administration of the Jabber trademark itself 
> within the JSF.
> Many of these things will take time, as they involve multiple 
> entities, community feedback, and often legal opinions.  This 
> will all also have to build upon the upcoming elections for 
> the Council and particularly the Board, being some of the 
> first actions to discuss once the new groups convene.  This 
> is one of the most exciting and significant steps forward, 
> I'm very eager to set a new pace and make some new progress 
> within the JSF and our community.

I am glad to here this news, given that this has been a contention
between a majority of members and Jabber,Inc. I for one would enjoy
having the JSF administrating the Trademark, we will need to have a
specific sponsorship fund for the defense of the Trademark.  Once we
have sufficient funds allocated for defense and shown we would be good
stewards that Jabber, Inc. will then donate the Trademark to the JSF.  

Great news and a great way to start out the new year of the foundation!
Thanks for your hand work on theses issues Jer and Tony.


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