SCO tries to revive Unix System Labs name

Company has applied for a trademark on the term but is vague about how it plans to use the name.

The SCO Group Inc. is trying to revive the name of the AT&T Corp. subsidiary that once owned the rights to the Unix operating system and, in the process, stirring up controversy with the industry group that claims ownership of the Unix trademark.

SCO has applied for a U.S. trademark on the term "Unix System Laboratories," the Lindon, Utah, company confirmed Thursday. SCO filed an application to register the trademark on June 21, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site.

"The company has filed to receive that trademark because we believe there's some value in that. How we plan to use that trademark in the future has yet to be determined," said Blake Stowell, an SCO spokesman.

If registered, the name could be used for a variety of purposes, Stowell said. "It could be used for our company; it could be used for an initiative within our company; it could be used in any number of areas," he said.

SCO Chief Executive Officer Darl McBride is expected to reveal details about how SCO intends to use the trademark at the company's annual SCO Forum user conference in Las Vegas next week.

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News source: InfoWorld

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