[OSGeo-Discuss] Branding FOSS4G

Andy Anderson aanderson at amherst.edu
Tue Oct 13 05:18:56 PDT 2015

Slightly different topic: brand names are usually protected by trademark; I don’t see that FOSS4G is in the US trademark system:


Should it be? Could it be, or is there already too much non-OSGeo use? For that matter, I don’t see OSGeo there, either.

If brands aren’t protected, they could be used / co-opted by other organizations / corporations.

— Andy

On Oct 13, 2015, at 4:07 AM, Dirk Frigne <dirk.frigne at geosparc.com> wrote:

> +1
> OSGeo is The organisation to support the collaborative development of
> open source geospatial software, and promote its widespread use. [1]
> To promote its widespread use OSGeo started, amongst other things, to
> organise a yearly conference. Today, there is the global conference, and
> a lot of local conferences, almost every month, somewhere in the world.
> FOSS4G is the name of The OSGeo Conference.
> FOSS4G is an *important* brand of OSGeo.
> Local conferences have derived names like FOSS4G Europe, FOSS4G North
> America, FOSS4G.be, FOSSGIS ...
> My 2c
> [1] http://www.osgeo.org/about

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