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."

#188 Bad behaviour to capture a name already in use

by Rainald

Thursday April 17th, 2003 9:37 AM

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If names are taken, they are taken ;-) And the existing name has priority. That's the basics of Trademark Law.

And inb the case given, the two products are too close together. There's no problem if it was a car or a washing machine. But a Database and a Browser are playing on the same field. So he comes later has to respect the property rights of the name-owner.

IMO it's a really bad deed to capture the name of a very well known Database which meanwhile has a very good reputation.


----- Prof. Dr. iur. Rainald Taesler