New project, wish to claim a name

yea so im starting a new - fairly large for a beginner - project… and i would like to officially coin the term

“frienduino”

for this project… i checked, google results 0 results…

so yea, i just wanna save this name for this project cause its perfect… and ul be hearing more bout soon enough :wink:

Let me see, you wish to reserve (copyright?) a name for a project (product?) based on a Arduino open sourced system? That doesn’t seem to be in the spirit of this whole movement. :wink:

Just teasing with you, good luck on the project, keep us posted and I’ll be sure to steer a way from using the name Friend…whatever :wink:

Lefty

OK so can I reserve “foedenio” for a user unfriendly device.

EDIT
Oh - just realised that concept had been grabbed by Microsoft years ago.

retrolefty, I think you meant “trademark,” you can’t copyright a word, even if it’s a coined word. The term “Arduino” is a trademark, as are Linux, Apache, Red Hat and Android, and you need to get permission to brand your project with these officially, so I’m not sure how this isn’t in the “spirit” of the open source thing. I see nothing wrong with someone saying they are going to work on a project called FOO, and mentioning it. Now it’ll appear in web searches, and someone else will just come up with some other name.

ha @ grumpy

@ everyone else - thank u for your understanding… do not worry, i will share the project quite soon, right now it is hidden deep inside a secret folder labeled “top secret” n stuff…

OK so can I reserve “foedenio” for a user unfriendly device.

I think most of my projects end up starting out or ending up as foedenios… :wink:

I´ve taken a time to figure out the “foedenio” stuff . In portuguese, it sounds completely funny… something like fuc*duino…

well im sure someone had the time to stick an arduino onto a sex toy of sorts or something… u knw, make it automated with some US or IR sensors…

It is my understanding that you cannot “trademark” a new word from the beginning… you need to use it, and them claim it as your trademark. It is different from a patent.

It is my understanding that you cannot “trademark” a new word from the beginning… you need to use it, and them claim it as your trademark. It is different from a patent.

I’m sure there is something to that. I worked for Chevron Corp that changed there name to that around 1980 I think. Prior to that they were Standard Oil of California. Even to this day they maintain one gas station in each state they operate in using the old name while all the other stations use the newer company name. When asked in a company Q/A new letter about that there answer was something on the line that to maintain the trademark it is a use it or lose it situation.

Lefty

if you want to trademark something, you just need to start using tm on the name, as in “myproduct™”. This tells people you have claimed this trademark. If you register it, you change the mark to an “r” with a circle around it, which tells people you have registered it.
Registration is online:
In the US: http://www.uspto.gov/teas/
In the EU:
http://oami.europa.eu/ows/rw/pages/QPLUS/forms/electronic/fileApplicationCTM.en.do

Of course you have to see if anyone has your trademark first:
US: http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/gate.exe?f=searchss&state=4010:mf5dvq.1.1
EU: http://oami.europa.eu/ows/rw/pages/QPLUS/databases/searchCTM.en.do

Costs $ to process, so probably only worth the effort and cost if you are in business. A lawyer might charge you $500 to $1000 to prepare and submit a trademark application. Trademarks are part of the capitalist system for protecting the interests of good and companies… which might be good, and might be bad :slight_smile: