• ASiegel
    Posts: 1319 from 2003/2/15
    From: Central Europe
    @ Andreas


    The programs in question went by the name of "KeyJnote" and "reTune". "KeyJ" is the developer's handle since year dot, hence the choice of the original name. From this incident I conclude that Apple wouldn't refrain from suing small or even single developers.

    Actually, a client of mine had a product that included the term "pod" in its name. Apple contacted them about it soon after it was announced.

    I would like to point out that there is a major difference between the legal protection offered by trademarks and by patents, though. If you tolerate that other parties use your trademarks, you can in fact lose your trademark protection entirely. The same does not apply to patents. If you know about a company that violates one of your patents, you will not lose your patent protection if you choose to not do anything about it.
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