The U.S. body that protects the Linux name and trademark recently started a renewed campaign to register it in Australia. The intellectual property regulator, IP Australia turned down the initial bid put forth by Linux Australia. The regulating body stated that the name, which was to be registered on behalf of creator Linux Torvalds, was not unique enough to be trademarked.
The U.S.-based Linux Mark Institute (LMI) acts for Torvalds globally, and is apparently in the process of appealing IP Australia’s decision. While Linux Australia is not directly involved in this appeal, its president John Oxer states that the company is providing LMI with information and local documentation, as needed, to help them make their legal case. IP Australia cites Sydney-based lawyer Truman Hoyle as the new legal team contact person for the Linux trademark bid.
Perth-based lawyer Jeremy Malcom was involved in the initial bid along with both LMI and Linux Australia, but states he has had nothing to do with the current proceedings. Oxer is uncertain as to whether LMI has gone forward or even will go forward with an official appeal with IP Australia. Spokespeople from Tovald and LMI declined to comment on the matter.
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