[OpenID board] Trademark board meeting issue

Dick Hardt dick at sxip.com
Wed Mar 7 08:09:13 UTC 2007

I agree this is not something the board can decide and needs to  
reflect the community.

I'm concerned that someone posting the question to general@ will not  
lead to a desirable outcome as most people are not educated on TM  

I would suggest that trademark usage be part of the IPR policy and  
that the board propose a policy to the community which can then be  

-- Dick

On 6-Mar-07, at 1:55 PM, Recordon, David wrote:

> I think this is a great thing to discuss and something outlined in the
> charter.  In any case, I don't think we as the board can make a  
> decision
> here.  The charter outlines this item as working with the wider
> community to come to consensus which it seems like we're being spurred
> to do.
> I guess I'd encourage the person that contacted you to email
> general at openid.net to start a discussion within the community.  If the
> general list wants to allow it then I think we as a board should make
> sure it can be allowed legally and make it happen.  Vice-versa, if we
> all love the idea and the general lists hates it then we shouldn't
> approve it.
> --David
> -----Original Message-----
> From: board-bounces at openid.net [mailto:board-bounces at openid.net] On
> Behalf Of Johannes Ernst
> Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 3:51 PM
> To: board at openid.net
> Subject: [OpenID board] Trademark board meeting issue
> I'm asking to put this item on the agenda of the next board call, e.g.
> call it "Permissible uses of the OpenID mark".
> I've been asked whether a particular proposed use of the term  
> OpenID and
> the OpenID logo is permissible ... because my company is currently the
> owner of the OpenID trademark registration.
> The proposed use in this case goes a bit beyond current practice.
> As our intention at NetMesh is to assign the trademark registration to
> the foundation as soon as it is properly set up and when the other  
> IP is
> being assigned by everybody, I would want to avoid to unilaterally
> decide whether or not a proposed use of the mark in a different  
> fashion
> is acceptable or not.
> So I'd like to discuss what the foundation's policy will likely be on
> this issue, so I can get back to the individual asking me on this.
> Johannes Ernst
> NetMesh Inc.
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