The first to submit usually gets first dibs, even if you have you wait on official confirmation. You can use TM to unofficially claim a trademark, but a granted trademark is an R in a circle. At least in UK law anyway.
This is unfortunate in the short term. Are you guys sure that MaidSafe doesn’t have a (SAFE) placeholder somewhere, but not advertised? Trademarks won’t protect you in this sphere. In the long run it doesn’t really matter because both the copy cat’s technology and their exchanges won’t be used or chances are they won’t even exist.
EDIT: Found this mentioned in the forum from about six months ago.
The permanent and public nature of this forum will help prove (to anyone who cares about being truthful) which crypto was labelled SAFE first. It will only make the copycats look foolish.
So we’re safe, huh? I think the same applies for the states.
Ughhh, seriously do people in crypto ever have an original thought for themselves…
Let’s see decentralised-flogged, farming-flogged, autonomous-flogged, Safecoin-flogged, SAFE-flogged. I know imitation is the highest form of flattery but sheesh
Would love to hear a response from @maidsafe
Makes me think of when people would rush to register and squat on domain names just so they could extort ransom from the people who truthfully and rightfully needed the resource/asset. Not cool, and not a good look.
XCoin > Darkcoin > Dash > Safe
Maybe the big exchanges could be made aware of Safecoins protections, before this gets listed.
IMHO The “SAFE” marker should be part of the code copyright under GPL V3 as part of MAIDSAFE to make it unique as you cant trademark a generic word. The Identity of the effort really is MAIDSafe is it not? This change can be added quickly by the foundation in the code header of all source code as part of the 2018 copyright statement so it lives somewhere in the public domain and can be defended. Copyright law is indeed as strong if not stronger than Trademark law when it comes to source code.
We did this all the time when I worked for Montavista the first embedded Linux vendor circa 1999 to 2008, now part of Cavium…, to keep code squarely under GPL V2, V3 LGPL etc…
I hope this helps
It is always there in every source code of ours (or at-least is intended in case there’re some that’re missed).
We are looking at this at the moment and will revert back once we have something more conclusive.
Here is another copycat. It may or may not be related to the coin already mentioned in this thread.
The domain placeholder : http://safecoin.org/
No need to visit it if you are meltdown leary. It only has this link to github:
Btw has anyone found any more info about that other Chinese SAFE? I ran their page through a translator to find no mention.
SAFE would be good to have but it’s not the end of the world.
Many people I speak with call anything related to Maidsafe and safecoin or SAFENET as Maidsafe.
Worst case scenario is we have a situation like bitcoin cash and as you saw there people just designates them as they should of been called.
Can’t wait to hear back.
I also refer to Safenet as Maidsafenet after enthusing to people I met and basically sending them here - https://safenet.gemalto.com/ - I know I’m ‘statistically less prevalent’ but I stop short of freelance advertising for a massive security firm - SafeNet, Inc. was an information security company based in Belcamp, Maryland, United States. The company is now the fifth largest vendor in the security market and third largest provider of information security solutions in the world with revenues of around $500 million
I am not sure if I’m posting in the right place as I’m not ranting but Msafecoin or Maidsafecoin - anything to differentiate the real SAFEcoin from the plethora of fakes that may rise up from the bogs and marshes. And all this from someone who still hasn’t got one IOTA.
I’m probably waiting for an MSAFEcoin. an M what? MAIDSAFE.
Just call it MaidCoin and MaidNetwork
It is why SAFENetwork is the official name.
Safecoin recently requested to be merged into the bip39 tool.
safecoin.org has no qualms about plagiarism.
Their trademark is only for the USA. Maidsafe has applications for the other places in the world.
Does this make a difference. Maybe make it “safecoin - USA” to distinguish from the real safecoin
My general understanding is that so long as the underlying businesses are not directly comparable and the service marks (I.e. logos) are different, then prior existing registered trademarks don’t matter. For example, if I wanted to register a trademark for a shipping company called Apple using a differentiated service mark (I.e. not an Apple with a bite taken out of it), then I can do so without having infringed upon Apple’s IP rights.
The question, I think, is: would the USPTO see the two underlying businesses as directly comparable/competitive?