CNN: German IT firm defends claim to Linux trademark

“Facing a storm of criticism from the open-source community, a
Hamburg, Germany IT vendor has defended his move to take out a
claim to the name Linux with the German patent office.”

“Roy Boldt yesterday confirmed that his systems integration
company, Channel One GmbH, has put in a patent claim for the name
of the open-source operating system, but said his intentions were

“We have partly been accused of trying to steal the name Linux
or to create some opportunity for ourselves,” Boldt says. “We
at Channel One are friends of the Linux-movement and would never
think of gaining profit from it in any form that is not coming to

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