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Minutes - Action item (2.1) trademark registration

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <comcifs-l@iucr.org>
  • Subject: Minutes - Action item (2.1) trademark registration
  • From: Brian McMahon <bm@iucr.org>
  • Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2000 14:06:58 GMT
Dear Colleagues

The IUCr Executive Committee has already approved in principle the
registration of suitable trademarks and service marks for CIF and other
Union projects (at this time, specifically the Crystallography Journals
Online service and the rebranding of the entire web hierarchy as
Crystallography Online). If we agree a list of suitable CIF/STAR terms for
registration, I shall press the Executive Secretary to begin the
registration process. Given that registration incurs some costs, modest
enough for a single trademark but obviously scaling in proportion to the
number of marks claimed, I would suggest as an initial slate the collection
of terms
                  STAR File

David rightly pointed out in a message to this list of 27 July 1999 that
DDL (and STAR File) are outwith the immediate jurisdiction of Comcifs;
nevertheless, given the close relation with CIF and the fact that Syd is
on this list, it's still an appropriate forum to discuss whether or not to
request the IUCr to claim these as its own registered service marks.

David's suggestion that other projects under way, including symCIF, dsCIF,
rhoCIF, sasCIF, magCIF and giCIF, might benefit from trademark registration
are noted. While it makes sense to reserve any such name for IUCr use,
the question arises at what stage should the Union be prepared to secure
such a registration for each nascent project? And how much further should it
go in reserving names for possible future use?

Discussion welcome.