[CentOS-devel] RPM of BrOffice.org

Cleber Souza cleber.lists at gmail.com
Wed Mar 25 20:31:39 UTC 2009


Since I know, the changes was just a replacement in the name.
A company registered the name "OpenOffice" in Brazil and due to local
laws, no other company could use this name paying fees otherwise. The
OpenOffice's project name was so renamed to BrOffice.org and the name
was registered so that the same problem do not occur in the future.


On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 10:15 AM, John Summerfield
<debian at herakles.homelinux.org> wrote:
> Manuel Wolfshant wrote:
>> John Summerfield wrote:
>>> Thiago Avelino wrote:
>>>
>>>> The question is this. exists, the body of registered trademarks and
>>>> patents, a company with the name openoffice. has only one image.
>>>> nothing more. This is why the open sun, in Brazil, was broffice
>>>>
>>> Originally, you said "patents and trademarks."
>>>
>>>
>> he made a mistake.
>
> He may have, but I'd rather Thiago explain what he really means.
>
>>
>>
>>> People are asking about patents, but you keep explaining why trademarks
>>> are a problem.
>> once again: the name "OpenOffice" is registered in Brazil by a private
>> company and therefore it cannot be used by a software product.  To
>> circumvent this, the local community is using the name :BrOffice" instead.
>
> yes, he said that several times. It has nothing to do with the patent
> claim which, as you say, may be a mistake.
>
> I was curious about the trademark issue, so I pointed Google at Brasil
> and did a search. I didn't find the trademark owner (which doesn't mean
> a lot), but whoever it is is going to have a lot of trouble defending
> the mark. Whatever the folk behind broffice.org do, there are lots of
> other people using the term "open office" (which isn't its name -
> another trademark problem I think) to refer to the software.
>
>
> --
>
> Cheers
> John
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