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Re: [OT] Turtle

From: Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-05-18 14:43:42 CEST

On 5/18/06, GRH <gheard@neo.rr.com> wrote:

> Haven't you guys been using the tortoise image for years starting with
> TortoiseCVS? I thought that in trademark law, a trademark (even registered)

Slight misunderstanding here: we're not the same guys as the ones
working on TortoiseCVS. We started TortoiseSVN based on their ideas
and some of their shell code. But we've never worked for TortoiseCVS.
Their turtle is called Charlie, ours doesn't have a name (yet?).

> is invalid when the trademark in question has been in use for years (even
> unregistered)? I wouldn't know for sure, I haven't done any trademark work
> in at least 10+ years.

I'm not even sure we could trademark the tortoise. After all, it's an
animal like any other animal. Also the name "turtle" or "tortoise" is
not likely able to be trademarked (at least, I *hope* that's not
possible, but with todays law system and corporations, everything is

I think the only thing we actually could trademark would be the name
"TortoiseSVN" and our specific logo. But I doubt that someone else
would hijack "TortoiseSVN" or our logo.


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 (_,\/ \_/ \     TortoiseSVN
   \ \_/_\_/>    The coolest Interface to (Sub)Version Control
   /_/   \_\     http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org
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