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Phoenix and Minotaur to be renamed Firebird and Thunderbird

Monday April 14th, 2003

Asa Dotzler writes: "After months of discussion and further months of legal investigation, we're finally comfortable moving forward with new names. The new name for the Phoenix browser is 'Firebird'. The documentation and product strings will be updated soon. In addition to securing Firebird, we've also got the OK from those contributing legal resources to use the name 'Thunderbird' for a mail client. Hopefully this will be the end of naming legal issues for a while."


#18 "That's not a browser"

by tepples <tepples@spamcop.net>

Monday April 14th, 2003 11:38 PM

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Neither is Phoenix BIOS.

GM can't name one of its trucks after one of Ford's cars. The field of use of an infringing product name does not have to be *identical* to a trademark but just close enough to cause confusion. Compare "substantial similarity" in copyright law and "doctrine of equivalents" in patent law.