[Owasp-leaders] Trademark Application Update and Summary

Tiffany Long tiffany.long at owasp.org
Mon Jun 13 21:07:09 UTC 2016

Hello Leaders!

First I want to say that I am very excited to be working with you as the
new community manager and will be reaching out to you very soon about how I
can best support your chapters.

I know the question of branding and trademarks has been on many people's
minds.  I would like to invite you to read the letter I wrote to the board
about the topic.  You can find it on the board mailing list or in the
discussion page here:


I think it would be conducive to clarity and progress to separate the
discussion of filing trade marks from the discussions of Use Case
Guidelines and Other Branding Guidelines such as naming conventions and

Below are the actions I suggested we take to regarding the trademarking


A) Revise the current trademark application.
B) Apply for TM protection through the Madrid Protocol
C) Move forward with the application for the name "OWASP" and the supporter
D) Confirm the logos with the flagship projects and some of the other high
visibility projects (like Cornucopia) and submit the applications to
protect those logos on behalf of the projects as well.
E)  Immediately have Hugo add the TM symbol to the circle logo, the header
logo, and the supporter logo as well as any other logos/names OWASP may
want to TM.
F)  Work to clarify the existing branding guidelines based on feedback from
the community
G)  Work to decide on whether to trademark outside of the Madrid Protocol
(I suggest we do to some extent) and prioritize the order with
the community.

Tiffany Long
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