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From the Python Software Foundation News' blog:

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Python trademark at risk in Europe: We need your help!
For a French translation of this post, click here.

For anyone who works in a company that has an office in a EU Community member state, we need your help.

There is a company in the UK that is trying to trademark the use of the term "Python" for all software, services, servers... pretty much anything having to do with a computer. Specifically, it is the company that got a hold on the python.co.uk domain 13 years ago. At that time we weren't looking a lot at trademark issues, and so we didn't get that domain.

This hasn't been an issue since then because the python.co.uk domain has, for most of its life, just forwarded its traffic on to the parent companies, veber.co.uk and pobox.co.uk. Unfortunately, Veber has decided that they want to start using the name "Python" for their server products.

We contacted the owners of python.co.uk repeatedly and tried to discuss the matter with them. They blew us off and responded by filing the community trademark application claiming the exclusive right to use "Python" for software, servers, and web services - everywhere in Europe.

We got legal counsel in the UK and we (the PSF) are opposing the community trademark application, but our own trademark application hasn't yet matured. Accordingly, we are going with the trademark rights we have developed through using "Python" consistently over the past 20 years.

According to our London counsel, some of the best pieces of evidence we can submit to the European trademark office are official letters from well-known companies "using PYTHON branded software in various member states of the EU" so that we can "obtain independent witness statements from them attesting to the trade origin significance of the PYTHON mark in connection with the software and related goods/services." We also need evidence of use throughout the EU.

What can you do?
1. Do you work for a company that uses Python? Are in the EU, do you hire in the EU, or do you have an office in the EU? Could you write a letter on company letterhead that we can forward to our EU counsel?

We would want:

1.just a brief description of how Python is used at your company,
2.how your company looks for and recognizes "Python" as only coming from the PSF, and
3.your view that another company using term Python to refer to services, software, and servers would be confusing
This doesn't need to be long - just a couple of paragraphs, but we would want any description of how you use Python for software, web hosting, Internet servers, VPNs, design and development of computer hardware or software, hosting websites, renting servers (like Openstack), or backup services. For those who are interested the specific class descriptions are at the bottom of this message. [1][2]

You can send a PDF copy of the letter to psf-trademarks@python.org

2. Do you have, or know of, anything that was published in the EU and uses "Python" to refer to Python-the-language? Can we get copies, pictures, or scans? This includes:

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I don't get all this trademark things, for already used names.
a)Pyhton is a name of an animal.
b)Th programming language pyhton is older.
c)That looks like a joke from Monty Pyhton/The Pyhtons.

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[quote name='Lastwebpage' timestamp='1361098495' post='595526322']
I don't get all this trademark things, for already used names.
a)Pyhton is a name of an animal.
b)Th programming language pyhton is older.
c)That looks like a joke from Monty Pyhton/The Pyhtons.
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Python is the name of an animal. So what? The trademark is for the context of using the name in relation to computing and the UK company wants to snap it up for their own purposes.

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And windows is the name of a transparent usually open able object allowing you to look out of a house or vehicle, and even open to let in air.

the name in this case has no bearing on the "trade"mark name.

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First come, first serve. 20 years > 13 years.

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Trademark is null and void ONLY IF it becomes a verb of the generic item.
i.e. if 'doing the photocopying' was universally said as 'doing the xeroxing' would nullify the xerox trademark (they ran an advertising campaign to tell people to stop calling it 'xeroxing' so they didn't lose their trademark.
The most famous trademark nullification is probably hoover, 'doing the vaccumning' is the same as 'doing the hoovering' (the word is in the dictionary)

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Well it's not quite that easy and straightforward. Ref. photoshop/shopped.

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[quote name='Xinok' timestamp='1361124474' post='595526954']
First come, first serve. 20 years > 13 years.
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It's usually who trademarks it first, at least these days.

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