Thursday, February 09, 2012

What to do about a trademark trolls?

Imagine there is a GPL'd open source project, going strong for more than 10 years, with more than 50 contributors. Now a company comes along and registers the name of the project as a trademark with the clear intention of suing people using this name to sell equipment with the software preloaded.

They are not contributing to the project.

Is there anything the project can do about that?
The opposition deadline (german: "Widerspruchsfrist") is not over yet.

Oh - and of course they are blatant GPL violators, linking the project's GPL'd software against closed source libraries which in turn use closed source kernel drivers, ship a U-Boot version of which nobody has ever seen the sources and so on, but that's a different story.