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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."


#187 Re: Sorry, but "Firebird" is taken

by Rainald

Thursday April 17th, 2003 9:20 AM

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Exactly. Very bad manners IMHO.

"Firebird" meanwhile is commonly known as the name for the InterBase Open-Source successor.

A Database and a Browser are close enough to produce confusion. And therefore IMO it's not very wise either to capture this name owned by IBPhoenix.

I don't know enough on the Trademark Law issues in the US. Over here in Germany the situation would be _very_ clear: IBPhoenix would win any law-suit on this subject.

Rainald --------------------------------- Prof. Dr. iur Rainald Taesler FH Heilbronn University of Apllied Sciences Heilbronn/Germany