Renewed Linux trademark bid in the works

Posted by VISITOR on Feb 3, 2006 2:52 AM EDT
ZDNet Australia; By Renai LeMay
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The United States-based body responsible for protecting the "Linux" name appears to be making a renewed push to register it as a trademark in Australia.

The nation's intellectual property regulator, IP Australia, turned down an initial bid by local body Linux Australia to register the name on behalf of Linux creator Linux Torvalds in September 2005, saying the name was not distinctive enough to be trademarked.

But the US-based Linux Mark Institute (LMI), which acts for Torvalds worldwide appears to be in the process of appealing the decision.

"The decision of the trademarks office can be appealed, and I believe that is in progress, however Linux Australia is not actioning that," Linux Australia's president Jon Oxer told ZDNet Australia yesterday. "That's being done by the Linux Mark Institute."

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