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Benjamin Atkin

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Jan 27, 2021, 4:18:43 AMJan 27
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Is there a trademark for vim, and is this proprietary startup in violation of it?


It doesn't look like they have a trademark, but when they do, perhaps it should be opposed. Startups often shorten their names, so it may not be great for them to get too much traction under this name.

An example is seomoz shortening to moz.

Bram Moolenaar

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Jan 27, 2021, 5:41:54 AMJan 27
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There is no official trademark registration for "Vim" as a text editor.
Vim is registered for a household product (probably for a hundred
years already).

The website has no contact info, no idea who is behind this. Good luck
competing with the hundred other Calendar apps (including Google's free
calendar, used by millions of people, and Outlook).

It looks like for this product "cal" is an essential part of the name.
In case they do shorten it to "Vim" they would be clearly in trouble.

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Steve Litt

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Jan 27, 2021, 6:17:55 PMJan 27
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On Tue, 26 Jan 2021 20:20:44 -0800 (PST)
Benjamin Atkin <b...@resources.co> wrote:

> Is there a trademark for vim, and is this proprietary startup in
> violation of it?
>
> https://www.vimcal.com/
>
> It doesn't look like they have a trademark, but when they do, perhaps
> it should be opposed. Startups often shorten their names, so it may
> not be great for them to get too much traction under this name.

I doubt their useage of a word containing three letters that spell
"Vim" creates any confusion in the marketplace. If it had been an
editor or advertised the use of Vim, perhaps it would have. But not as
it stands.

You can oppose it: That's your privilege. But I don't think you'll
prevail.

I'm glad that when I created VimOutliner back in 2001, nobody opposed
that naming.

SteveT

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