Johannes Ernst at
Thu Mar 2 19:53:41 UTC 2006

Then it's too late, unfortunately from the perspective of trademark law.

On Mar 2, 2006, at 11:04, David Recordon wrote:

> Bleh, lets focus on getting it widely adopted and used before worrying
> about stuff like this.
> --David
> -----Original Message-----
> 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.

Johannes Ernst
NetMesh Inc.

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