[Foundation] trademark progress

Martin Rogard martin at vibes.net
Sat Dec 14 10:15:50 CST 2002


I would like to take this opportunity to thanks you very much Peter for
working on this important issue. The process and agreement seems great
and it's a pleasure to see we will soon be able to use the Jabber name

I also think the administration of the Jabber trademark is a great
challenge for the JSF, and I am sure that if we manage in a responsible
way the trademark during the 12 months period, Jabber Inc. will see the
benefits of this transfer and accept a change of ownership.

- martin


-----Message d'origine-----
De : members-admin at jabber.org [mailto:members-admin at jabber.org] De la
part de Peter Saint-Andre
Envoyé : vendredi 13 décembre 2002 22:50
À : members at jabber.org
Objet : [Foundation] trademark progress

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.



Peter Saint-Andre
Jabber Software Foundation http://www.jabber.org/people/stpeter.php

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