[Foundation] trademark progress

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Fri Dec 13 15:58:41 CST 2002

Yow, sorry for the large PDFs, I should've posted URLs.


Peter Saint-Andre
Jabber Software Foundation

On Fri, 13 Dec 2002, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:

> I am pleased to announce major progress regarding the status of the Jabber
> trademark. The JSF Board has been working with Jabber Inc. regarding the
> trademark for several months now, and the result is agreement in principle
> on the following:
> 1. Jabber Inc. will provide a perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free license
> of the trademark to the JSF.
> 2. Jabber Inc. will license the JSF to act as a sublicensor of the
> trademark to other entities (open-source and commercial) and will work
> together with the JSF to formulate reasonable and appropriate terms for
> the administration of the mark by the JSF.
> 3. Jabber Inc. and the JSF will establish the prerequisites and procedure
> by which Jabber Inc. will transfer ownership of the trademark to the JSF
> following 12 months of administration by the JSF.
> This agreement in principle is captured in the two documents attached to
> this message: the "Jabber Trademark Position Statement" from Jabber Inc.
> and a letter of intent to consummate an agreement that implements the
> three principles described above.
> Although the JSF will not immediately take ownership of the trademark
> (which we're probably not ready for yet anyway), in essence we now have a
> framework and timeline that will result in administration and eventual
> ownership of the Jabber trademark by the JSF. Both Jabber Inc. and the JSF
> Board (which contains independent individuals from the open-source
> community as well as representatives of commercial ventures like Jabber
> Inc. and Tipic) came to the conclusion that this was the best possible
> settlement of the trademark issue given the need to appropriately
> administer and defend the Jabber name.
> The next steps are for Jabber Inc. and the JSF Board to negotiate the
> agreement itself and to develop the infrastructure necessary for the JSF
> to administer the Jabber trademark. These tasks are important priorities
> for the parties involved and will most likely be completed over the next
> few months.
> If you have any questions or comments about this matter, feel free to post
> them to this list, send them to the Board (board at jabber.org), or contact
> me personally.
> Thanks.
> Peter
> --
> Peter Saint-Andre
> Jabber Software Foundation
> http://www.jabber.org/people/stpeter.php

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