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Oracle asserts non-existent open source trademark

Dec 03, 2010, 16:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gavin Clarke)

"Oracle's trademark on the popular Hudson open-source project doesn't exist. At least for now.

"Oracle claimed that it acquired the Hudson trademark with its purchase of Sun Microsystems. But a well-placed former Sun Microsystems employee has contacted The Reg to say that Sun took an "explicit decision" not to apply for a trademark on the name Hudson. A search of the US Patent and Trademark Office's website throws up 623 trademarks for Hudson for many things, but not for the project Oracle owns.

"On Wednesday, we reported how Oracle's trademark claim has put added strain on Oracle's relationship with devs outside the company and in the open source world."

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