Koha creators asking for help in trademark dispute
Posted Nov 24, 2011 20:49 UTC (Thu) by giraffedata
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Didn't Apache very nearly lose their trademark to the Apache nation,
Sounds iffy to me. First of all, there isn't any legal Apache Indian entity that could own a trademark. There are a bunch of US-government-recognized Indian tribes that have traditionally been called Apache, but those are essentially US government agencies; they couldn't own a trademark. There are corporations attached to most Indian tribes to do non-governmental things, but they couldn't own a name which is obviously just the name of their tribe.
And finally, the name is traditional. It was made up by Europeans to refer to a group of people that isn't even well defined (they all looked the same to Europeans, after all) long before modern trademarks. You might just as well claim "Gypsy."
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