[Foundation] Clarifications On Name Change Proposal
matt at jivesoftware.com
Tue Jul 1 09:22:27 CDT 2003
Even though I still don't think cost should be one of the main
considerations in this decision... :)
> say at the low end we'd be talking about tangible costs on the order
> of thousands or maybe tens of thousands of dollars, to:
> * Pay legal fees for trademark searches for the new name
Are we even positive that we'd want to trademark the new name? I'm not
sure that we would. In any case, the cost of a trademark is $325 plus
legal fees for research (which has always worked out to around $1K total
in my experience).
> * File whatever legal papers are necessary to change the
> name of the organization
It looks like this would be $90 in Delaware (where the JSF is
incorporated). BTW, to respond to another email -- to the best of my
knowledge the JSF is a non-profit but is not a 501c3. A 501c3 is an org
that is allowed to do tax-deductible fundraising. It's possible that we
could quality for 501c3 status under the scientific advancement
category, but it's probably not likely. The only real ramification is
that donations by individuals to the org aren't tax deductible like they
would be to a charity.
> * Register or buy a domain (or domains) that match the new
$35 if we register with someone expensive. It's not all that difficult
of a problem to pick a name/domain name combination that isn't already
> * Re-design corporate identity stuff (logos, business
> cards, stationary, etc.)
> * s/Jabber/$NEWNAME/g in whatever documents exist on-line
This work has always been done on a volunteer basis and it likely would
continue to be.
So, the low end is just over $100 and the high end is a bit over $1000.
If there are further line items that people wanted to discuss we could
certainly do so, but I think it's really a job for the team.
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