Subject: Re: Serious trademark trouble.
From: Russell Nelson <nelson@crynwr.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2000 22:54:10 -0400 (EDT)

David Johnson writes:
 > At one time there was talk about Open Source certification. Is this
 > still being considered? A trademark may not be possible, but a
 > certification would be the next best thing.

We had always planned on registering Open Source as a certification
mark.  In fact, such an application was filed, and initially returned
for reconsideration.  No action was taken on that, and the applicaton
timed out.  After due consideration and experience, we decided that
defending the mark was beyond the means of most ordinary mortals.

We have since created the OSI Certified open source certification
mark.  We've had no trouble defending that mark.

-- 
-russ nelson <sig@russnelson.com>  http://russnelson.com  | If you think 
Crynwr sells support for free software  | PGPok | health care is expensive now
521 Pleasant Valley Rd. | +1 315 268 1925 voice | now, wait until you see
Potsdam, NY 13676-3213  | +1 315 268 9201 FAX   | what it costs when it's free.