Re: On the uselessness of Debian trademarks.
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- Subject: Re: On the uselessness of Debian trademarks.
- From: Nathanael Nerode <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2004 23:33:29 -0400
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Michael Poole wrote:
> A trademark does not have to be registered to get common law
> protection, but protections for an unregistered trademark are almost
> useless: You will not get costs and attorney's fees in a suit for
> common law trademark infringement, only in a suit for Lanham Act
> (registered) trademark infringement.
Well, you can still get an injunction to make them stop misusing your
trademark, which is all Debian would ever want, I believe.
Having to pay your own costs is obnoxious; but it's also the general rule in
the US for all lawsuits. (It really shouldn't be, but that's another
I don't know what the other differences between common-law trademark law and
registered trademark law are, but now I'm quite interested.
There are none so blind as those who will not see.