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Fwd: [IMPORTANT] Trademark violation for Web Keys

From: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jul 2013 20:11:38 +0200
Message-ID: <CAKaEYhJ-bSNFae7fcYtM_1Pierzo1cb-FGVgH7R4v+LsdQwYGA@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-webid <public-webid@w3.org>, public-rww <public-rww@w3.org>
FYI:

If anyone can think of a preferred new name for the "web keys" spec, ideas
are welcome!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: 25 July 2013 19:39
Subject: [IMPORTANT] Trademark violation for Web Keys
To: Web Payments CG <public-webpayments@w3.org>


Hi all,

I've just received a cease and desist related to the Web Keys
specification. It turns out that a company called BIO-key International
has a trademark on "WEB-key". I've already done the search in the USPTO,
and this is a valid claim by BIO-key International.

http://www.bio-key.com/products/webkey.html

I've asked for 4 days for the community to come up with a new name for
the spec. They have not responded yet and I don't know if they'll give
us 4 days. If they don't, I'll immediately pick a new name for the spec
and publish it under that new name, replacing all uses of the term "Web
Key" on the PaySwarm website.

Here are some thoughts on a new name for the Web Keys spec, others
should feel free to weigh in with +1/-1 or preferably, better suggestions:

Secure Web Messaging
Secure Messaging
Web Messaging
Keyjitsu / Keyjutsu (play off of jujitsu / jujutsu - "a method of using
                     cryptographic keys to protect yourself online" - a
                     bit tongue in cheek)
Web Stamping
Assured Messaging

This is time critical, so the sooner we can get agreement, the better.

-- manu

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Manu Sporny (skype: msporny, twitter: manusporny, G+: +Manu Sporny)
Founder/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
blog: Meritora - Web payments commercial launch
http://blog.meritora.com/launch/
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