Open Group suing Apple over "Unix"

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Open Group suing Apple over "Unix"

Our Admin, Neo, has some experience with the subject of this news item:

http://news.com.com/2100-1016-1015814.html

It appears that The Open Group is suing Apple for using the term Unix without licensing from The Open Group.
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Can't we all just get along?
I can't wait to see the day when I can say UNIX in an IRC channel and not be flamed by pro-linux or pro-bsd purists (or their influenced script kiddies). If the open group is truly open, why then do they feel the need to charge royalties?

Thanks for the link.
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that brings up some good points however...the open group's stance is that they charge a "reasonable" fee for registration, certification. aside from saying who can call what UNIX, they set a standard for what actually can be considered UNIX. UNIX, IMO is a pretty generic term, however it wouldnt be so great if some company puts out an OS that they claim is UNIX, but it is entirely not, that is their point i think.
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Actually, others are claiming that X/Open is misusing a 'trademark' as a certification mark.

The USTPO has a special class of marks called 'certification marks.' This class of marks are used for certifications, not trademarks, per se.

There is a company called INUX that is challenging X/Open on this and other points:

www.inux.com

See this link at USPTO:

http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?r...entry=75680034

For more on certification marks, see this link:

http://www.patent.gov.uk/tm/howtoapply/certmark.htm
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