Originally Published: Thursday, 3 August 2000 Author: Nico Lumma
Published to: Headline News/Other News Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

German companies getting sued for using the term "Samba"

The German Heise-Newsticker reports companies listed on the Samba website offering commercial support have been sued by CMG for trademark violation.

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According to a recent news-posting on the German Heise-Newsticker companies that are listed on the Samba-Website for offering Commercial Support got sued by CMG for trademark violation.

CMG has registered the trademark for the word SAMBA in the section "data processing programs" in Germany. CMG is distributing software for banks called "Standard Anmeldung Meldewesen Banken" (SAMBA).

Volker Lendecke (vl@samba.org) registered the trademark for the logo "samba" last year to protect the samba project against law suits like this. Sernet, Volker's company, registered the trademark for the logo in the section "Creation of programs for data processiing and data processing services".

If CMG's lawyers are successful, they will proceed to sue companies that offer commercial Samba support, this would include IBM, Hewlett-Packard, SuSE and many others.





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