[cryptography] Open Whisper Systems intellectual property dispute

Kevin kevinsisco61784 at gmail.com
Wed May 11 11:23:17 EDT 2016


that's a shame.  Not even open source is immune to the usual riff raf.


On 5/10/2016 11:35 PM, Mansour Moufid wrote:
> I just heard very unfortunate news about some intellectual property
> dispute between Open Whisper Systems and another company.
>
> I won't link to it here, I don't think it would do any good.
>
> It's a strange story.  The double ratchet protocol specification is
> dedicated to the public domain, the reference implementation is open
> source, and the other implementation is in a different programming
> language.  So what could the dispute possibly be about?
>
> I also noticed that in the last month or so all the usual references
> to the Axolotl protocol were renamed to the double ratchet protocol
> or "Signal Protocol."  The timing may be a coincidence or maybe not.
>
> So I searched for any trademarks and sure enough there is a live
> trademark for the word Axolotl (registration number 2798167):
>
>      Computer software for use in the field of health care,
>      namely, for providing communication ...
>
> I guess the WhatsApp lawyers were not happy about that.
>
> I may be totally wrong.  But the lesson remains: always check for
> trademarks before naming your projects, even for open-source, and
> certainly before doing business.
>
> USPTO TESS: <http://tess2.uspto.gov/>
>
> Good luck to all.
>
>
> Mansour
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