Re: Community Input Requested on Trustees’ Intent to Renounce “IETF Secretariat” Trademark

Pranesh Prakash <pranesh@cis-india.org> Fri, 04 April 2014 22:06 UTC

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Dave Crocker <dhc@dcrocker.net> [2014-04-004 11:11:10 -0700]:
> On 4/4/2014 11:00 AM, IETF Administrative Director wrote:
>> The Trustees of the IETF Trust have voted an intent to renounce
>> (abandon) the “IETF Secretariat”
>> trademark,
>
>
> It sounds as if this will open the door to my being able to advertise
> myself as the IETF Secretariat.  Or even the ITU's being able to.  Yes?

IAAL: Anyone can do that already.  One must remember that trademarks are 
granted on a class-wise basis.

A trademark for IETF (or IETF Secretariat) can simultaneously belong to 
multiple companies and organization as long as they are for different 
classes (of goods and services).

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