Hmm. I don't find any such trademarks on a search at the
US Patent Office (http://www.uspto.gov/tmdb/index.html).
Ask him what the trademark registration number is, and
where it is registered...
On Dec 13, 2:53am, Ariel Faigon wrote:
> I'm not sure if I should feel amused or saddened by this
> email. I'm not a lawyer, just curious of what would you
> be doing in reponse.
> Note that:
> The facts this email presents are inaccurate:
> 1) We don't have any "product" on www.linux.sgi.com
> just a free source distribution.
> 2) His claim is ignoring the fact that "Linux" is
> a trademark of Linus Torvalds which may invalidate
> any claim to its derivatives by another party.
> 3) We use "Hard Hat 5.1" as a humorous way to say
> it is somewhat unstable release of Red Hat 5.1
> in a casual way in one title.
> 4) We never use the term "Hard Hat Linux".
> I guess the question is whether our very innocent and casual
> use of the phrase "Hard Hat" in one web page and without any
> product connotation constitutes trademark infringement.
> Forwarded message:
> :From firstname.lastname@example.org Sat Dec 12 12:23:42 1998
> :Message-Id: <email@example.com>
> :X-Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org
> :X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.5 (32)
> :Date: Sat, 12 Dec 1998 13:23:36 -0700
> :To: email@example.com
> :From: Maurice Hilarius <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> :Subject: Hard Hat Linux
> :Cc: email@example.com
> :Mime-Version: 1.0
> :Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
> :Good day Gentlemen.
> :One of our customers pointed us to your webpage:
> :We wish to inform you that the names "Hard Hat" and "Hard Hat Linux" are
> :copyrighted names and registered trademarks of Hard Data Ltd., Of Edmonton,
> :Alberta, Canada.
> :We ask that you please use another name for your project, as we can not
> :permit this use of the brand name and trademark "Hard Hat Linux".
> :We suspect that this usage was probably not designed to harm our tradmark,
> :but we still can not permit it to be used, especially without our express
> :If there are any questions please contact Maurice Hilarius of Hard Data
> :Ltd. at the address and/or telphone numbers listed in the signature (below).
> :Seasons Greetings.
> :Best regards,
> : Maurice W. Hilarius Telephone: 01-403-414-9319
> : Hard Data Ltd. **FAX: 01-403-456-1510
> : 11060 - 166 Avenue email:firstname.lastname@example.org
> : Edmonton, AB, Canada - T5X 1Y3 http://www.harddata.com
> Peace, Ariel
>-- End of excerpt from Ariel Faigon
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