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Re: Possible OWL trademark problem?

From: Leo Obrst <lobrst@mitre.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 10:08:53 -0500
Message-ID: <3C4D8085.FBE5B2C3@mitre.org>
To: Deborah McGuinness <dlm@ksl.stanford.edu>
CC: nmg@ecs.soton.ac.uk, www-webont-wg@w3.org
I will check this out internally in MITRE and see if there's any
problem.

Leo

Deborah McGuinness wrote:
> 
> Interesting - ontology works has one of jim's past students or collaborators in
> it - bill anderson.
> jim - maybe you can ask bill if we need to get permission for the use of the
> name owl from them.
> 
> i also found another owl system:
> http://ifets.ieee.org/periodical/vol_1_2000/linton.html
> an AI knowledge capture and instruction system developed at mitre - it stands
> for organization wide learning but if we care about copyrights or trademarks
> and mitre has done either, it is probably close enough to matter.
> 
> Deborah
> 
> Nick Gibbins wrote:
> 
> > One of my work colleagues came across the website for a company called
> > Ontology Works Inc. [1] who appear to be claiming a trademark on
> > "Ontology Works Language" (and possibly also the acronym "OWL"), as
> > used in a white paper on their site[2].
> >
> > I've not been able to find either on the USPTO's public search
> > facility (so they're probably not registered or pending
> > registration). Is this something that this WG needs to be aware of?
> >
> > [1]  http://www.ontologyworks.com/
> > [2]  http://www.ontologyworks.com/whitepaper.pdf
> >
> > --
> > Nick Gibbins                                            nmg@ecs.soton.ac.uk
> > Advanced Knowledge Technologies                    tel: +44 (0) 23 80592831
> > University of Southampton                          fax: +44 (0) 23 80592865
> 
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>  Deborah L. McGuinness
>  Knowledge Systems Laboratory
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