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RE: Re: [OT] Turtle

From: Hughes, Bill [UK] <Bill.Hughes_at_cgi-europe.com>
Date: 2006-05-18 15:36:47 CEST

Stefan Küng wrote:
> 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
> possible).
IIRC you can't trademark an animal, but you can trademark (or perhaps copyright?) a particualr representation of an animal. Imagine trying to use a bipedal black mouse with round ears, white shoes/gloves and red shorts and you'll understand what I mean.

> 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.
I think you can claim copyright on those anyway, at least in some countries, even without registration. The logo is an original artwork and TortoiseSVN is a neologism and not a common word or phrase.

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