[Foundation] Clarifications On Name Change Proposal

Dave Smith dizzyd at jabber.org
Tue Jul 1 15:51:39 CDT 2003


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On Tuesday, Jul 1, 2003, at 14:16 America/Denver, Matt Tucker wrote:

> We've registered a trademark ourselves for around $1K. If you go to 
> various websites, that's about the standard fee that people quote. 
> Further, I'm still not sure that we'll even want to trademark the new 
> org name. It's probably a a job for the team to evaluate the 
> pro's/con's.

Fair enough, once you have discovered the name it is a fixed cost to 
trademark it. I would note, however, that there are also costs 
associated with updating product literature and domain names -- can you 
provide some insight into those line item costs?

> Yeah, unfortunately for Jabber Inc. they had decided on a name, 
> Jabber, and *then* had to do whatever it took to acquire it. That's a 
> pretty different process than the normal one, which is to choose a 
> name that's not already being used. I find it pretty unlikely that the 
> name team would recommend a name that would cost us tens of thousands 
> to acquire.

So the name team is going to do the necessary legal research to ensure 
the name is not in use? Also, what about international trademarks -- is 
that beyond the scope of this team/time?

Thanks,

D.
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