Automattic Sets WordPress Free (Trademark)

Filed as News on September 10, 2010 5:05 pm

After holding a monopoly upon one of the most recognized symbols of blogging, Automattic has finally transferred ownership of the WordPress trademark to the the WordPress foundation.

We are pleased to announce that Automattichas made a remarkable and generous donation by transferring ownership of the WordPress trademark to the WordPress Foundation. We’re honored to accept this donation, and to preserve and protect the trademark in the years ahead as a keystone part of the Foundation’s mission to ensure that WordPress is around and thrives for generations to come.

It is highly unusual (to say the least) for a company to give away a trademark worth millions, and this move by Automattic is extremely generous and community-minded. (WordPress Foundation)

Securing the WordPress trademark will help ease some of the fears many had about Automattic, and may also give the WordPress Foundation some much needed authority.

It will also make it easier to enforce the rules regarding use of the trademark which currently forbid for profit companies from using “WordPress” within their respective name (with the exception being Automattic who is Grandfathered in).

While this news will probably not affect most bloggers (at least those who are not into the technicalities or legalities of business), it will probably help secure WordPress’s founder (Matt Mullenweg) legacy for years to come.

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  1. By drmike posted on September 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm
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    A quick check of the US trademark database at http://uspto.gov shows no transfer has been made. The trademark is still held by Automattic. You may want to verify your sources.

    Amazes me how many people just believed Matt as face value without verifying this.

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  2. By WpHey posted on September 19, 2010 at 5:45 am
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    It’s good for both WordPress community and Automattic, I think.

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