Nagios Trademark Truth
Sep 30, 2010, 16:02 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Several community members have asked about the Nagios trademark
and rumors of trademark problems with a German company called
NETWAYS. This post will hopefully clear some things up.
"My name is Ethan Galstad. If you haven't heard of me, I'm the
guy who started the Nagios project back in 1999. I'm often referred
to as the "Father of Nagios", and I self-profess to be the defender
of it as well.
"The purpose of this post is to inform the Nagios Community of
serious Nagios trademark violations by a German company by the name
of NETWAYS, and its managing director – Julian Hein. The
details of the violations are outlined in detail in the timeline
below, but the short story is this: Julian Hein and NETWAYS
registered for a Nagios trademark in Germany, along with several
domain names, and are refusing to transfer them to me or my company
(Nagios Enterprises), despite having said that they are "willing"
to do so many times over the past 4+ years.
"Both I (personally) and Nagios Enterprises have attempted to
resolve this issue first amicably directly with Julian Hein and
NETWAYS, and later through our attorneys"