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Re: Verio applies for trademark on the term "whois" (fwd)
On Thu, 3 Feb 2000 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > > Word Mark WHOIS > > Owner Name (APPLICANT) Verio Inc. > > Owner Address 8005 S. Chester St., Suite 200 Englewood COLORADO 80112 > > CORPORATION DELAWARE > > Attorney of Record GLEN K. BEATON > > Serial Number 75-742043 > > Filing Date 07/01/1999 > > Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING > > Register PRINCIPAL > > Type of Mark SERVICE MARK > > > > International Class 042 > > > > Goods and Services > > > > Computer services, namely, providing a computer database in the field of > > personal and commercial address and telephone directory information and > > other directory resources available on global information networks and > > providing search services in connection therewith; DATE OF FIRST USE: > > 1997.03.15; DATE OF FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 1997.03.15 I wonder what Stan Barber has to say about this, since he's Director of Technical Operations at Verio. It seems rather foolish to try and register it as a trademark since whois servers have been around much longer than 3.15.1997, and certainly used in commercial activities when NetSol started charging for domain registrations well before then. As far as I can tell, WHOIS first appears back in RFC812 from March 1, 1982, and is defined again in RFC954 in 1985. I've taken the liberty of cc'ing Stan, since I'm not sure if he still participates on NANOG or not. Hopefully this is just a silly mistake of some sort and won't smack of the Linux trademark case. -- Joseph W. Shaw - email@example.com Computer Security Consultant and Programmer Free UNIX advocate - "I hack, therefore I am."