[License-review] Approval: OIN License (Open Innovation License) -- Trademark Issue

Andrew Nassief kamalandrew55 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 28 05:44:35 UTC 2020

Hi, for sake of simplicity since this is a new thread, I will respond to
this inquiry. It is of my personal opinion that OIN is technically an
acronym around a generic term that likely the Trademark practitioner didn't
catch. However to avoid going to a trademark tribunal if the issue
potentially arises and going back and forth, I have changed the symbol to
OPNL. I believe I stated so in a comment earlier yesterday.

In regards to all other inquiries and inquires on wording, context and so
forth, I will make a response later during the day trying to tackle as many
things I can at once to avoid too much traffic for contributors.

On Mon, Dec 28, 2020, 12:36 AM VM (Vicky) Brasseur <osi-lists at vmbrasseur.com>

> The license was also submitted to SPDX for inclusion in its list.
> Earlier today the team changed the proposed license identifier to avoid
> potential confusion with Open Invention Network:
> https://github.com/spdx/license-list-XML/issues/1134#issuecomment-751485014
> Perhaps the same is intended for the OSI submission but they haven't had
> the chance to say so yet?
> --V
> Josh Berkus wrote on 27/12/20 21:27:
> > Andrew, All:
> >
> > Aside from the required wording changes, the other major issue with this
> > license is the short name of the license itself, which seems like a
> > pretty clear trademark infringement in my non-lawyer eyes.
> >
> > The Open Invention Network is a longstanding organization in the world
> > of Open Source, and has always gone by the acronym "OIN"
> > (https://openinventionnetwork.com/)  Since this license is unaffiliated
> > with that organization (unless I've missed something), even were it
> > otherwise acceptable I'd request a change of license acronym before
> > voting to approve it.
> >
> > "OIL" is the obvious choice, but that has its own issues ;-)
> >
> >
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