Re: Question regarding trademarks

Jorge Contreras <cntreras@gmail.com> Wed, 07 May 2014 15:04 UTC

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Subject: Re: Question regarding trademarks
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Fred,

See Section 3.4 of RFC 5378:

3.4 <https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5378#section-3.4>;.  Rights to Use Trademarks

   Contributors may wish to seek trademark or service mark protection on
   any terms that are coined or used in their Contributions.  The IETF
   makes no judgment about the validity of any such trademark rights.
   However, the IETF requires each Contributor, under the licenses
   described in Section 5.3
<https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5378#section-5.3> below, to grant the
IETF Trust a perpetual
   license to use any such trademarks or service marks solely in
   exercising rights to reproduce, publish, discuss, and modify the IETF
   Contribution.  This license does not authorize the IETF or others to
   use any trademark or service mark in connection with any product or
   service offering.



On Tue, May 6, 2014 at 7:11 PM, Fred Baker (fred) <fred@cisco.com>; wrote:

> 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?
>
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