Re: Question regarding trademarks

"Fred Baker (fred)" <fred@cisco.com> Wed, 07 May 2014 15:09 UTC

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From: "Fred Baker (fred)" <fred@cisco.com>
To: Jorge Contreras <cntreras@gmail.com>
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Thanks.

On May 7, 2014, at 8:04 AM, Jorge Contreras <cntreras@gmail.com>; wrote:

> Fred,
> 
> See Section 3.4 of RFC 5378:
> 
> 
> 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 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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