[nycbug-talk] BSD trademark
Mon Oct 25 10:32:49 EDT 2004
Dru <dlavigne6 at sympatico.ca> wrote:
> I was googling for "BSD Success Stories" and the 10th hit was this:
> Surprised, I looked up the BSD trademark:
> BSD is result 14; BSD Softlink is results 9-12. (on a side note, I hadn't
> realized UUnet had taken over the registration)
> Is this okay? If not, who do I talk to?
I don't see why they would not be ok. The term ``Berkeley Software
Distribution'' first appeared, I believe, around 1977 or so. It was
then shortened to ``XXBSD'' (with XX being a number). Any subsequent
``products'' so to speak have always been ``SomethingBSD'', not ``BSD''.
The BSD you cite has a last listed owner of WindRiver Systems, which
should sound familiar. I think they'd have a valid claim to register
the trademark ``BSD'' based on their first commercial use in 1991, two
years before NetBSD was first released (which was the first of the three
BSD Softlink registered ``BSD Softlink'' (and others), which also
doesn't seem to conflict or confuse other trademarks.
But then again, what the hell do I know about these things... ;-)
chown -R us:enemy your_base
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