The Python Software Foundation (PSF) have announced they have reached a settlement with POBox Hosting Ltd of the UK over their trademark application for the term 'Python' in connection with cloud hosting and their application for a figurative trademark incorporating the word "Python". While the PSF own the trademark for Python within the United States, it did not have an equivalent filing within the European Union.
Inexplicably unaware of the importance of the Python language to their customers, POBox Hosting had been in an escalating dispute with the PSF -- a non-profit association with minimal staff -- until the matter became public. Swift and intense public interest from around the world helped POBox Hosting to quickly understand the mistake they were making and within days they had stopped applying the Python name to their products and were in negotiation with the PSF.
The terms of the settlement have not been made public, but do not appear to include transfer of the python.co.uk domain to the PSF. It remains the property of a shell company which shares management and a registered address with POBox Hosting.
Van Lindberg, Chairman of the PSF, told me he's grateful for the support they have received from the global community and said that there was no longer a need for proof of the PSF's usage of the term Python in Europe.
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