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ZDNet UK: Trademark Claims Loom for Firms Bearing 'Linux'

Aug 13, 2004, 19:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Colley)

"Australian companies trading on the name 'Linux' may be exposed to trademark claims for the first time as early as next year, if the nation's major open-source body gets its way.

"As reported by ZDNet UK sister site ZDNet Australia on Tuesday, Linux Australia has secured Linus Torvald's support to register the word 'Linux' as a trademark with Australia's intellectual property regulator. The move is designed to prevent local companies attempting to claim the word as their own, but it will also throw open the possibility that local Linux vendors will start paying royalties to trade on the term for the first time..."

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