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Linux History as a Sequel of Trademark Cases

I am the former owner of MobiliX, which is now TuxMobil. Because of a severe charge by Obelix the trademark MobiliX had to be withdrawn. During the case I became aware of other trademark issues in the "Open Source", the "Free Software" and commercial Linux world. Please note not all of the cases went to court and were solved in a friendly manner. Some happened even in the so-called "community".

projectmoved toopponentdatesource
Linux William R. Della Croce, jr.1996 more
TheOS (The de Raadt, OpenBSD)   THEOS Software Corporation 1998 more
Samba  CMG2001 more
Gnutella Nutella (Ferrero oHG)2001 more
Killustrator Adobe2001 more
MobiliXTuxMobilAsterix and Obelix2002more
Lindows Linspire MicroSoft2002 more
Krayon Seidel Softwareservice2002 more
Mozilla: PhoenixFireBirdPhoenix Technologies2002 more
Mozilla: FireBird FireFox Firebird Project 2003 more
Skrobelix Skroblin GmbH Asterix and Obelix2003more
Linux GFvG2003 more
LinuxGazette (NET)   LinuxGazette (SSC) 2003 more
FreeCraft WarCraft II (Blizzard)2003 more
MobICQ Jimm AOL2004 more
XAMPP (Apache)  N.N.2004 more
eMule, eDonkey N.N.2004 more
Mandrake Hearst Holdings2004 more
wxWindows wxWidgets Microsoft2004 more
Linux Australia Inc. Linux Australia Pty Ltd.2004 more
Tux Tux LLC2004 more

This survey is not yet representative (centered to German cases). There are probably other cases. Is this survey the tip of the iceberg? Some cases just don't become public, because of certain lawyer strategies. If there is a case missing above, please send me a note.

Werner Heuser <wehe_at_tuxmobil.org>

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