[kde-community] Trademark clause in the Manifesto

Boudewijn Rempt boud at valdyas.org
Tue Jul 28 18:36:45 UTC 2015

On Tue, 28 Jul 2015, Thiago Macieira wrote:

> On Tuesday 28 July 2015 09:37:40 Boudewijn Rempt wrote:
>> I don't think it says that, but I also don't think that it can work like 
>> this. If I disappear or disband the Krita Foundation (which owns the 
>> trademark), then how would this transfer be implemented? It's probably 
>> something that will be specific for each situation, but as it is, I'm 
>> totally unsure how this is supposed to work in practice.
> Another aspect is to consider the difference between a registered trademark and 
> a non-registered one. Registered trademarks ® are regulated Intellectual 
> Property, for which one pays a fee and has rights and duties. It can only be 
> ceded through a proper contract. I'm not sure a verbal contract or the 
> manifesto would serve, here.

Right, that's an important distinction. I'm only concerned with the 
registered trademark here -- the piece of grey recycled paper I paid 2000 
euros for :-)

> A non-registered trademark ™ is just anything you claim as an identifying 
> mark.
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