tom.igoe at gmail.com
Sun Feb 28 12:43:25 UTC 2016
If you own the trademark, the standard way to handle it is to send them a cease & desist letter. I believe as the owner of the trademark, you’re expected to defend it if you want to retain it. Confirm that with a lawyer, though.
> On Feb 28, 2016, at 4:59 AM, Marcin Jakubowski <marcin at opensourceecology.org> wrote:
> Jae Sabol of One Community <http://onecommunityglobal.org/> pointed this out to me some time ago a group called Envienta, who is using Open Source Ecology as a prominent byline in their branding. I am the director of Open Source Ecology and we have a trademark on Open Source Ecology. Jae emailed them asking if they knew that we have a trademark on the name, but he got no response - that was a few months ago. The association with Envienta is not positive from the open source perspective - in that they do not appear use an OSHWA compliant hardware license (they appear to be NC) - so we should probably give them a friendly reminder to not use our name. I am concerned about them diluting our brand, as they promote fake open source, contrasted with our strong open source positioning such as the Distributive Enterprise Business Case <https://www.facebook.com/OpenSourceEcology/photos/a.10151381815921562.574965.66469461561/10154627270176562/?type=3&theater>.
> Does anyone have any suggestions how to handle this?
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