acedb, worms, bioinformatics, and copyright infringement

F. Coulier coulier at marseille.inserm.fr
Tue May 29 03:59:16 EST 2001


"Franco A. Bignone" wrote:
> 
> Keith Bradnam wrote:
> 
> > Today I have seen the new O'Reilly book which covers 'Developing
> > bioinformatics computer skills'.  The cover bear the image of a few C.
> > elegans worms.  However, the inside jacket remarks that:
> >
> > 'the association between the image of a C. elegans and the topic of
> > bioinformatics is a trademark of O'Reilly and associates'.
> >
> > !?!  Does this mean that the acedb logo breaks this trademark?  I can't
> > see how you can trademark an 'association' between an 'image' and a
> > 'topic'.
> >
> > Having said all that, the book does look very good.
> >
> > Keith
> 
> Indeed this is a great one ! There are at least other three or four
> instances of authors or Journals that could sue O'Reilly and
> associates, or be sued, depending on time. This story look like
> that of the Chianti Wine Logo. The  Chianti wine association
> had been using a Black  cock as its logo for several decades, almost
> a century I believe. Then came the Gallo  family --  cock in italian --
> wine producers in California, patenting their family name --
> mostly junk wine in my opinion b.t.w. --. Being that the name was
> the same in italian, a court case was filed against the italian
> consortium in an American court, who declared that the Italian
> Consortium had no right on the symbol.
> 

By the way, was'nt it a New-Yorker who invented pizzas?

François

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