> On Fri, 2009-10-30 at 01:59 +0100, François Revol wrote: > > First trademark only exist in a specific area of products/services. > > You don't own a trademark for "all possible thing". > > This allows things like Linux (the OS kernel) and Linux (the > > washing > > powder) to both be valid trademarks in some countries. > > This is a given. Dane's question was answered in the context of what > we > can all assume he is going to do, which I am pretty is not to start > selling washing powder. :) Eh, who knows, "With Haiku, your clothes look like new!" :) > > Trademark holders are free to licence it to any party it wishes. > > In theory one has to declare it to the TM office, but in practice > > it > > costs some bucks, so I don't think it's worth doing. > > I am not really sure what you mean by "it must be declared to the TM > office," but my understanding is that once you have a registered > mark, > it is up to you whether you want to license it to others or not and > under what conditions. It might be a specific of the french office... sorry this is only in french: http://www.inpi.fr/fr/marques/la-vie-de-votre-marque/transmettre-ou-exploiter-une-marque.html > This is why I have always recommended consulting with a trademark > attorney. As I said, meeting the office representative here is possible without paying (but he's quite busy), though I don't know much about others. François.