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Protect Litecoin from Trademark Trolling
« on: November 01, 2015, 03:21:09 AM »
Protect Litecoin from Trademark Trolling.
Someone is trying to trademark the word 'Litecoin'; which is harmful to everyone here.
Help us oppose this before it's too late.

Visit loshan.co.uk for more information.
We need to reach 350€ if we want to oppose the trademark of the term Litecoin.

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Re: Protect Litecoin from Trademark Trolling
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2015, 03:34:55 AM »
does this oppose the trademark forever ? what's to stop someone from doing it again and having to spend and 350€?

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Re: Protect Litecoin from Trademark Trolling
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2015, 03:40:02 AM »
doesn't the MIT license protect litecoin from being trademarked?

also how can they trademark something that has already existed and in use for several years before the application?  and would they not need to at least show some proof to the their claim to own litecoin name such work done in github/litecoin code history?
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Re: Protect Litecoin from Trademark Trolling
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2015, 04:11:39 AM »
Not technically. This is the MIT LICENSE template.

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Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
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It does not say anything about trademark or rights, well not explicitly. And that's why we need to oppose the trademark with proof that Litecoin is held within the public domain, and is older than the application date of the trademark by many years. References will be attached.

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Re: Protect Litecoin from Trademark Trolling
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2015, 03:18:20 AM »

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Re: Protect Litecoin from Trademark Trolling
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2015, 01:49:06 PM »
Protect Litecoin from Trademark Trolling.
Someone is trying to trademark the word 'Litecoin'; which is harmful to everyone here.
Help us oppose this before it's too late.

Visit loshan.co.uk for more information.
We need to reach 350€ if we want to oppose the trademark of the term Litecoin.

Can you put a QR code and/or the donation address on the site as well as the button? Im on a system that doesnt have a wallet installed. I got the address but others may have more difficulty.

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Re: Protect Litecoin from Trademark Trolling
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2015, 02:53:39 AM »
also how can they trademark something that has already existed and in use for several years before the application?  and would they not need to at least show some proof to the their claim to own litecoin name such work done in github/litecoin code history?

All you ask is true, but keep in mind there are real people (examiners) evaluating trademark applications.  The examiners even with their assistants and research teams may not be as knowledgeable about software as we would expect.  Also, they are working for a government agency and with the Republican Congress obsessed with cutting agency budgets and taxes the agency is most certainly under staffed and overloaded. 

If a trademark is approved, even when there is overwhelming evidence that the trademark should never have been issued, it is very difficult and expensive to get the trademark revoked.

Better to be proactive and be sure the trademark examiner has the information and never approves the trademark in the first place.

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Re: Protect Litecoin from Trademark Trolling
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2015, 10:12:50 PM »

Can you put a QR code and/or the donation address on the site as well as the button? Im on a system that doesnt have a wallet installed. I got the address but others may have more difficulty.

Doing that right now.

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Re: Protect Litecoin from Trademark Trolling
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2015, 05:09:34 PM »
I've added SSL to the website, and there is also a QRcode that you can scan.
The counter might take some time to implement.

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Re: Protect Litecoin from Trademark Trolling
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2015, 07:46:38 PM »
http://coinwidget.com/, please try with widget from there..

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Re: Protect Litecoin from Trademark Trolling
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2015, 08:56:22 PM »
Thanks :)

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Re: Protect Litecoin from Trademark Trolling
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2015, 08:35:23 PM »
Hello Litecoiners. I just wanted to mention that Karl Gray has put up a pitch at Startjoin to collect the necessary funds to cover this.

https://www.startjoin.com/saveltc



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Re: Protect Litecoin from Trademark Trolling
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2015, 10:30:47 PM »
Hello Litecoiners. I just wanted to mention that Karl Gray has put up a pitch at Startjoin to collect the necessary funds to cover this.

https://www.startjoin.com/saveltc


That fundraiser is being done incorrectly. The target is £350, but the OHIM only requires 350€ for a trademark application opposition. £350 is roughly 500€, we chose to use dollars as 350€ is only about $350. That fundraiser only requires $50 more to pay for an entire trademark application opposition.

I am unsure to who is collecting the funds, or even if it is being donated to the Litecoin Association (who is managing the fundraising and trademark opposition).

I will get in touch with the guys who are administrating that opposition.