Google Launches Open Usage Commons For Managing Open Source Trademarks

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  • It has been done in collaboration with academic leaders, independent contributors, and SADA Systems
  • Google said that to get Open Usage Commons started, it has contributed initial funding

Tech giant Google has announced that it is establishing an independent industry body named Open Usage Commons to help open-source developers manage their projects’ trademarks. It has been done in collaboration with academic leaders, independent contributors, and SADA Systems. The aim of the Open Usage Commons is to help open source projects assert and manage their project identity through programs specific to trademark management and conformance testing.

Angular, Gerrit and Istio

Chris DiBona, director, Open Source at Google said in a blog post, “Understanding and managing trademarks is critical for the long-term sustainability of projects, particularly with the increasing number of enterprise products based on open source. Trademarks sit at the juncture of the rule of law and the philosophy of open source, a complicated space; for this reason, we consider it to be the next challenge for open source, one we want to help with.”

Google said that to get Open Usage Commons started, it has contributed initial funding, and the trademarks of Angular, Gerrit and Istio will be joining the Open Usage Commons. Angular is a web application framework for mobile and desktop, Gerrit is a web-based team code-collaboration tool and Istio is an open platform to connect, manage, and secure microservices.

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