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October 25, 2009
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about 6 years ago
If you look up the SPARC trademark on the USPTO site you can see that the SPARC trademark was transferred from Sun to SPARC International.
SPARC International seems to be some kind of intellectual property holding company whose business is centered around the SPARC architecture.
The original trademark obtained from Sun was a goods and services mark for “computer hardware, namely microprocessors, central processing units, circuit boards and integrated circuits.” The kicker is that SI doesn’t actually sell any of these items. The only thing they appear to sell is standards documentation and licenses to use the SPARC trademark. I think their claim on the mark should be invalidated because their actual use of the mark doesn’t match the claimed use of the mark as described in the trademark documentation.
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