[Foundation] trademark progress

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Mon Dec 16 10:35:46 CST 2002

To give credit where credit is due, it was really Tony Bamonti who did
most of the work on this, and the other JSF Board members who helped
define the proposed solution. I just provided a bit of feedback here and

I agree that administering the trademark will be an important challenge
for the JSF. The next step in the process is (among other thing) defining
the standards and requirements for that administration.


Peter Saint-Andre
Jabber Software Foundation

On Sat, 14 Dec 2002, Martin Rogard wrote:

> Thanks,
> 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
> legally. 
> 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
> frenchtouch.net
> -----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.
> Thanks.
> Peter
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