[SciPy-Dev] Does Matlab need to be MATLAB(TM)...

David Goldsmith d.l.goldsmith@gmail....
Fri Jun 4 10:11:53 CDT 2010


On Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 7:21 AM, Jonathan Guyer <guyer@nist.gov> wrote:

>
> On Jun 3, 2010, at 10:12 PM, David Goldsmith wrote:
>
> > ...everywhere it occurs?
>
> Our rules are obviously not your rules, but the NIST Editorial Review Board
> explicitly prohibits the use if (TM) and the like in NIST publications (we
> are discouraged from using trade names at all, unless necessary to specify
> the "experimental" apparatus (I'm pretty sure {s,S}ci{p,P}y's usage of
> "{m,M}{atlab,ATLAB}" would be considered acceptable, since
> {m,M}{atlab,ATLAB} compatibility is the point)).
>
> My understanding from when I served on the Board is that "(TM)" carries no
> legal weight at all (anybody can affix it to a name they "claim") and that
> although "(R)" does carry legal weight, it was not considered our
> responsibility to defend other people's trademarks. In fact, we are
> emphatically required to use "(R)" with NIST registered trademarks (e.g.,
> "Standard Reference Material(R)") and banned from using it with anybody
> else's trademarks, registered or otherwise.
>
> None of this should be construed as any official NIST guidance as to what
> *you* should do, only my understanding of what *I* am supposed to do.
>

Understood, but you guys are the "National Institute of Standards and
Technology," which is good enough for me - I'm going to cease to worry about
it (and in fact take out the TM where I see it). :-)

DG



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