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I received a few emails from writers doing trademark updates about
the UNIX trademark. Thank you for diligently observing the legal
And for all you that "...prefer Unix..." for any reason, perhaps
you would like to talk to the trademark owner's lawyer about your
observance of their trademark. Before he talks to your own
As a professional, I can't let my own "preferences" put my company
or client into any degree of legal jeopardy. Doing less is simply
Here is the word from Steve Nunn, legal counsel for X/Open Company
Limited. Notice the date is June 6, 1994. I searched and found that
we had been using UNIX System Laboratories (USL) in January 1994,
and then switched to X/Open Company Limited in June, 1994.
Excerpt below from internal email with Steve Nunn's email embedded.
> Now that the UNIX Trademark Relicensing Agreement has been signed between
> X/Open and Novell, with immediate effect,the correct trademark
> acknowledgement for UNIX should be:-
> "UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries,
> licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Limited".
> Please notify the relevant personnel within your respective organisations
> accordingly. They should direct any queries regarding the acknowledgement
> myself, in the first instance.
> Thank you for your co-operation.
> Regards.....STEVE NUNN
> Legal Counsel
> __ _
> \\ / X/Open Company Limited Steve Nunn
> \\/ Apex Plaza, Forbury Road
> /\\ Reading, UK, RG1 1AX Legal Counsel
> / \\ Tel: +44 734 508311 x2260
> / \\_ Fax: +44 734 500110
> O EMail: s -dot- nunn -at- xopen -dot- co -dot- uk
> 'X/Open and the X device are trademarks of X/Open Company Ltd'
NOTE THE FULL CAPS OF UNIX.
Dick Dimock Artfully Senior Tech Writer protecting the rear of
AT&T GIS in Rainy
El Segundo, CA This town needed a good bath! Children (like me)
are stomping in puddles, joyously splashing
passers-by. It's like the first snowfall in
yon four-season climes. It brings bumper
crops of fender-benders to the auto body shops.
richard -dot- dimock -at- elsegundoca -dot- attgis -dot- com