OpenSource project name infringing a TradeMark
October 31, 2008 4:33 PM Subscribe
Should I rename my Open Source project because someone owning a trademark with the same name wants me to?
posted by schwa to law & government (30 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have an Open Source project called "TouchMap
" that allows iPhone Developers to easily add maps to their applications. The code is part of my TouchCode repository
(large portions of TouchCode went into the Obama iPhone app
) and is freely available to anyone.
I've just been contacted by the owner of the TouchMap trademark who is demanding that I stop using his trademark. I'm a coder not a lawyer damnit. So help me out here. I'm trying to avoid any legal expenses, I don't release the code for profit but to help do my part for the Open Source community. It isn't a huge hardship to rename the project, but it is an inconvenience and one I'd rather just avoid.
TouchMap isn't a product as such, it's just a loosely defined collection of source code to help other people add mapping to their iPhone applications. Because of this and because I'm not selling TouchMap do I still need to change the name?