Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Koha trademark case won by NZ developers


After a protracted legal battle, the Horowhenua Library Trust, the birthplace of the open source Koha integrated library system, has succeeded in preventing an American defence contractor from poaching its trademark.

The problem surfaced back in November 2011 when the American defence contractor, Progressive Technology Federal Systems/Liblime, applied successfully for a trademark on the name Koha in New Zealand.

"If the trademark had been given, then potentially Liblime could have restricted the use of who used it so, the utter worst case was perhaps we would have had to rename the software in New Zealand which would have caused massive confusion."

http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/open-source/62619-koha-wins-trademark-stoush-with-us-defence-contractor

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