Property, intangible

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Know When to Fold ‘Em

I’ve previously reported on a case brought by Wayne Gray challenging the ownership of the UNIX trademark.  Gray was trying to register the mark “iNUX” but his application was refused as likely to be confused with UNIX. He went on the attack in court, claiming that an assignment from Novell to defendant X/Open wasn’t effective. He lost soundly in both the trial court and on appeal. In a coup de grâce, Wayne Gray has now been ordered to pay the defendant’s attorneys’ fees and costs, to the tune of +$400K.  You can read all the gory details at Groklaw.

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