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Re: Pervasive PostgreSQL Announcement

From: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
To: "Lance Obermeyer" <LObermey(at)pervasive(dot)com>
Cc: "Robert Treat" <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>,"Simon Riggs" <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>,"Bruce Momjian" <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>, josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com,pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Pervasive PostgreSQL Announcement
Date: 2005-01-11 17:22:57
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Am Dienstag, 11. Januar 2005 16:31 schrieb Lance Obermeyer:
> Also, nobody 
> else could ever have used the term "Pervasive Postgres" since "Pervasive"
> is a registered trademark.  A random person is still free to use the term
> "MyCompany Postgres", since "Postgres" is a generic term, not registered as
> anybody's trademark.

I'm not even so much worried about Pervasive claiming a trademark on a name 
that is generally considered some kind of "community property", whatever that 
means.  What I'm puzzled about is that you are clearly aware that 
"PostgreSQL" is a registered trademark, and that you try to sidestep that 
problem by calling your product "Postgres".  Everyone who is even slightly 
familiar with trademark regulations knows that that doesn't work.  At the 
same time you are undermining our eternal effort to teach people the correct 
name of our product.  So that leaves me to believe either (a) the legal 
department of Pervasive is incompetent, or (b) the marketing department of 
Pervasive is incompetent, or (c) you are trying to get away with something, 
or (d) you are trying to lay claim on the name "PostgreSQL" through the 
backdoor.  Please educate us.

Peter Eisentraut

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