AsiaBizTech: Japan Linux Users Group to Form League in April 1999

“For the Japan Linux Users Group, a voluntary user group, it has
become increasingly difficult to appropriately cope with issues
related to Linux’s market penetration and protection of
intellectual property rights. Because of this, and to broaden
group’s activities with other user groups and vendors, it was
decided to form the Japan Linux Association.”

“In June, Pacific HiTech Inc. submitted an application to
register “Linux” as a trade mark in Japan in order to protect Linux
from being used under another trade mark. However, individual users
and other vendors are strongly opposed to the move.”

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