[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: How to have trouble with an IP check before looking at code

Allan Doyle adoyle at eogeo.org
Sun Mar 5 13:03:20 PST 2006

If you go to www.uspto.gov and do a trademark search, you'll see that  
geotool and geotools are both "live" trademarks, and that Geotools  
has been a trademark sine 1998. It is indeed owned by Geotools  
Coporation. You may want to wait until you talk to Rich Steele and  
see what he has to say before you send your email to them.


On Mar 5, 2006, at 15:33, jgarnett at refractions.net wrote:

> I got a problem: http://www.geotools.com/
> Of course I will need to ask the list if this is indeed a problem.
> As it is I am would like to try an approach the company in  
> question, and have
> included a sample letter and would not mind assistence in phrasing  
> things nicely.
> Jody
> Here is a sample letter:
> ----------------------------------
> Good Morning Geotools,
> I am a member of a long standing open source project of the name  
> GeoTools. The
> project has existed some time before the creation of your division  
> and I would
> like to confirm that you are aware of us and check that we are not  
> in conflict.
> I only learned of Geotools Corporation accidently through a web  
> search. I am
> used to small projects and conferences sharing a name with us on  
> occasion, this
> is the first company I have run into with an overlap.
> I am approaching you at this time as I do some background research  
> for an IP
> check with respect to the newly formed Open Source Geospaital  
> Foundation.
> For more information:
> - http://geotools.org/
> - https://www.osgeo.org/
> We are an international organization that meets via IRC. My first  
> choice would
> be to ask you or your repsentative to attend a meeting. Failing  
> that we will
> need to ask for someone in your timezone to contact you.
> To attend an IRC meeting please follow the instructions on this page:
> - http://www.geotools.org/display/GEOT/3.1+Internet+Relay+Chat
> Sincerly,
> Jody Garnett
> GeoTools Project Management Committe
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Allan Doyle
adoyle at eogeo.org

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