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About Debian TM being registered in Spain (registrar answer)

  CEINTEC[1] has sent a response[2] to Barrapunto[3] in which they say
 that the Debian trademark is registered by a person, related to the
 academy but not by the academy itself. They say that this person
 registered the trademark to protect it, and that they're confident that
 he wants to give it "to any National Institution which can guarantee
 that the whole community can use freely the Debian trademark, and which
 compromises to renew it and enforce it while the distribution exists".

  Although the mail says that he will give the trademark to a "National
 Institution" I (and other developers) believe that SPI should directly
 manage it, because if not we should "open" a local SPI branch here in
 Spain[4]. And following Spanish law, any foreign organization can
 register a trademark here in Spain, as long as any Spanish citizen or
 organization can do the same in the country of the foreign
 registrar[5]&[6]. So, perhaps, somebody of SPI should officially
 contact the registrar of the trademark and try to get in transferred
 to SPI.

  By other hand, we have received an answer from an spanish lawyer who
 helps in the translation team, and seems that, as Debian is a
 trademark known in computers community, we could try to declare the
 register invalid. I have asked him to post the mail translated to
 debian-legal, but you can read the Spanish post in debian-l10n-spanish

  Please, could anybody from SPI try to handle this? And, in addition,
 could SPI discuss if registering Debian and Debian logo Europe wide

    If you need some kind of help with the language, please, contact any
  of us:

       Jose Carlos Garcia Sogo <jsogo@debian.org>
       Jacobo Tarrio <jacobo@debian.org>
       Jordi Mallach <jordi@debian.org>

 [1] ceintec@ceintec.com
 [2] http://barrapunto.com/article.pl?sid=02/09/04/1925233&mode=nested&threshold=
 [3] http://www.barrapunto.com
 [4] This will make that there were other country in the UE in which
 donations could be accepted. This is other problem SPI should take care, as
 right now isn't clear if donations from any UE country to German SPI are
 [5] http://www.oepm.es/internet/legisla/signos/iii23lmar.htm#art10 (in
 [6] http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/tac/doc/basic/appcontent.htm#AppName
 [7] http://lists.debian.org/debian-l10n-spanish/2002/debian-l10n-spanish-200209/msg00022.html
  Jose Carlos Garcia Sogo

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