Unfortunately, these people have a trademark for the word "jade" referring to software, so we've been forced to change our name. Fortunately, @davidglivar has kindly donated the name "pug" to us. I've claimed
Versioning & Deprecation
There will be no 2.0.0 release of jade, instead it will be released as pug 2.0.0. In the mean time, pug 0.10.x will be used for experimental releases of pug 2.0.0 until it is stabilised.
Existing versions of jade will be left working for at least 6 months. There may be a
It's short, memorable and widely available. Not only that, but pugs are cute!
Do we really have to change the name?
Yes. The stress of pursuing this through the courts would be too high. I would much rather focus my efforts on writing great software, and supporting the people who use pug.
Couldn't we just change the name to ?
Maybe, but I like pug, and it's definitely available. If your suggestion was along the theme of "make a one letter change to jade", I think it's preferable in the long run to make a clean break and start with a nice fresh brand.
more questions (and answers) will be added as they are asked
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Are they have complaints against jadejs or jadejs-lang? Our world needs namespacing in trademarks :)
This is just in software, there are a lot of other "jades":
If trademark <= 5 chars until 2050 year, after 2050 year <= 6 chars, it should be public, non-propietary.
@ForbesLindesay are you at all interested in bringing
Updated agreement I'm now being asked to sign for "Jade Software Corporation Limited", after some changes were requested. I have not yet signed anything:
This is looking better, but the sentence:
Still seems like it's requesting I do something outside of my control.
Depending on interpretation, this could be very limiting as well. E.g.: does discussing the above agreement, after signing, count as commenting on the process of the discontinuation of the name JADE?
On a broader note: why do you feel you have to sign the above? You've already started the process of renaming JADE in good faith. They could extend you the same courtesy. If they want to legally bind you to do so then they can, but they'd have to go to court, and the outcome would still be the same. You have documented proof of already taking best-effort action to change the name on as short a basis as possible.
I realize this is perhaps not the forum for further discussion on this, and it's a personal choice that you are more than free to make. Just hoping you can avoid tying yourself to any vague legal agreement, if at all possible.