The Register: Hamburgers try to TM Linux

“Hamburg patent lawyers Hauck, Graalfs, Wehnert have filed a
claim with the German patent office to trademark the word Linux,
according to Germany’s c’t…The news service says that a spokesman
for the partnership confirmed the application.

“c’t also notes that Linux is listed in the German Markenblatt
(listing of brand names) dated 9th September under the software
category. The trademark is said to be owned by Roy Boldt of Hamburg
systems house and consultancy ChannelOne, but so far c’t has been
unable to contact him for an explanation.”

“But establishing ownership of a trademark in one country isn’t
always a great deal of use…”


[ Linux Today reader gando provides this
(in German) on the story. For translation try Babelfish.