[python-uk] Python Trademark at Risk in Europe

Tim Golden mail at timgolden.me.uk
Fri Feb 15 12:09:13 CET 2013

In case that's useful info, Michael, would you mind forwarding it
back to psf-trademarks at python.org ? As far as I can tell you're only
sending to python-uk.


On 15/02/2013 11:01, Michael wrote:
> In order to get support at work regarding this, I decided to do some
> digging, and it turns out, looking at archive.org <http://archive.org>,
> that the company in question or at least the domain in question - has
> been used to mean "python internet" or "python internet services" off
> and on since 1998.
> It's also been called cheapnet, and various other things in its early
> days by the looks of things.
> The blog description is slightly inaccurate in saying that the company
> in question have only just started using the name - they appear to have
> used the name off and on for 15 years.
> This doesn't mean to say that the trademark application has merit - it
> doesn't - I first did a python tutorial around 15 years ago, and there
> were published books etc at the time, but it doesn't help to say
> "they've just started using this", when that's not really quite the case.
> The question I'd personally have (which is unclear from the domain name)
> is whether this is the same company today (through acquisition or
> merger) as the company from 1998?
> (I still think the trademark application hasn't got any merit, but given
> the fact they came back  to use the same name over a period of years, I
> can see what probably led them to think (incorrectly) they could/should
> try to get it)
> Michael.
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