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March 17, 2010
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about 5 years ago
I am going to speculate about the reason for the insanity.
It was said in the original article about the Cease & Desist letter that Sun were in the process of applying for trademark for “SPARC”. My understanding is that to retain a trademark, you have to demonstrate that you are continually defending it. This looks like Sun demonstrating that it is defending its trademark. And as with Java, Sun feels it is sensible to attack any company with a name that has is derived from the same English word that its trademark is derived from.
By the way:
google hits for “sparc”: 6,490,000
google hits for “sparkfun”: 249,000
google hits for “spark”: 45,100,000
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