Question regarding trademarks

"Fred Baker (fred)" <> Wed, 07 May 2014 00:11 UTC

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I just fielded a call from a Cisco colleague, who is working in a different (open source) forum, and coming up against an issue relating to a trademark. Apparently some company has named something in a product of that forum, and is now wanting to assert trademark rights on the name.

He asked me what the IETF’s policy in such cases might be, knowing that there are discussions in the IETF that touch on trademarked intellectual property. I couldn’t quickly put my finger on such a policy, although I did find a proposed policy in draft-ietf-ipr-trademarks. Thinking out loud, I suggested that the party with the trademark would likely need to disclose it, and if there was any question on the matter, the IETF might prefer to change the name of the standardized technology, as it did between NetFlow and IPFIX, if only to avoid confusion. But I’m not sure that’s any more than how I might address the issue.

Do we have a defined policy?