Today I learned: Apple owns a trademark in their new-ish programming language, #swift, for which they applied in 2014. https://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4809:6yyi9t.4.8
The *other* Swift programming language (swift-lang.org) was first released in **2007** and has been in active use ever since. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swift_(parallel_scripting_language)
This isn't legal advice, but that *sure* seems like Apple's swift™ would be subject to a pretty serious challenge
@codesections also, remember that Apple Computer Inc. weren't the first ones to name their company Apple? — but nevertheless they own the trademark now, *and* are boldly in the music business
> In other news, the federation of Raku potters sent the https://raku.org domain holders a C&D letter. They want the domain all to themselves. I jest. I jest.
Funnily enough, I was actually involved in getting the Raku trademark (which we just got this year https://tmsearch.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&state=4809:rw4yk7.2.4 ) and our TM is carefully limited to "Downloadable computer software for use as an object-oriented, procedural, or functional programming language" and similar for *exactly* that reason!
@codesections Clearly you learned from the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) v. World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) debacle. That whole thing was ten kinds of ridiculous.
I'm glad to hear #rakulang has strong but narrowly tailored trademark protections. The last thing the Perl / Raku community needs is more bad press.
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