David Recordon david at
Thu Mar 2 19:04:53 UTC 2006

Bleh, lets focus on getting it widely adopted and used before worrying
about stuff like this. 


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From: yadis-bounces at
[mailto:yadis-bounces at] On Behalf Of Johannes Ernst
Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2006 4:15 PM
To: YADIS List
Subject: trademark

At some point in the future, it is conceivable that we'd like to have an
official Yadis conformance test suite and external conformance test
organization (like many standards organizations have). About the only
leverage such a process would have is that it would grant (or
deny) implementors the use of the protocol name, in our case -- for
better or worse -- Yadis.

In order to do that, one needs to invoke trademark law I believe ...  
and for doing so, we (i.e. the community) would have to
1) start indicating to the world that we consider Yadis to be a
trademark and not a generic term, i.e. write YadisTM in many places,
e.g. the front page of the wiki, and preferably
2) have a registration of Yadis on file at the trademark office.
Both of these should be possible because so far, nobody has used Yadis
as a generic term and it clearly stands for the protocol we've been
defining in this community.

[Now I'm not a lawyer, have no desire to become one, and so I may be
wrong, but I don't think so.]

How do people feel about this?

Johannes Ernst
NetMesh Inc.

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