Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 338.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Sun, 09 Jan 2000 21:14:33 +0000
From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Trademark Dispute: Leonardo Art/Science Network under Legal Attack for Use of the Word "Leonardo"
News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
from across the Community
January 4, 2000
Leonardo Art/Science Network under Legal Attack
for Use of the Word "Leonardo"
I thought readers should know of the latest in a string of recent
Internet-related trademark disputes - this one regarding the
well-established and well-respected pioneering Leonardo Art/Science Network
that, among many other activities, produces the LEONARDO Journal.
>Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 14:45:25 -0800
>From: Leonardo <email@example.com>
>PRESS RELEASE, December 20, 1999
>Leonardo Art/Science Network under Legal Attack
>for Use of the Word "Leonardo"
>For further information,
>contact: Roger Malina: firstname.lastname@example.org
>Roger Malina, Chairman of Leonardo/ISAST, San
>Francisco, announced Monday that the
>Association Leonardo in France was being sued
>for trademark infringement on use of the word
>Leonardo/ISAST and Association Leonardo are
>non-profit scholarly arts organizations working
>on behalf of a world-wide community of artists,
>scientists and scholars. Since 1968 this
>network has produced the scholarly journal
>Leonardo, now published by the MIT Press of
>Leonardo/ISAST and Association Leonardo also
>award prizes and awards, co-organize
>conferences and events, and publish Leonardo
>Music Journal, numerous Leonardo web sites and
>the Leonardo Book Series through MIT Press.
>The legal suit against Association Leonardo has
>been filed in Nanterre, France, by Transasia
>Corporation and co-complainants. Transasia
>claims to have recently trademarked in France
>the names Leonardo, Leonardo Finance, Leonardo
>Partners, Leonardo Invest and Leonardo Experts.
>Transasia is claiming over a million dollars in
>damages based on their claim that a search
>engine request using the word "Leonardo" brings
>up not only their web sites but also those of
>the Leonardo arts organization.
>The suit asks that the Association Leonardo be
>forbidden from using the word "Leonardo" in its
>web site projects or any other products or
>Following issuance of the suit, Transasia asked
>that a search warrant be served on the legal
>address of the Association Leonardo, now the
>home of the widow of Frank Malina - the founder
>in the 1960s of the Leonardo Journal. The
>search warrant was served with no prior warning
>by a squad of eight policemen.
>Leonardo/ISAST and the Association deplore this
>attempt to destroy the activities of a 30-year-
>old network of artists and scientists that has
>championed the work of artists using new media
>and the sciences.
>A Leonardo Legal Defense Fund has been
>established: donations may be sent to Leonardo,
>c/o ISAST, 425 Market St., 2nd Floor, San
>Francisco, CA 94105, USA.
>Further information on the Leonardo network and
>its activities can be found on the Leonardo
>family of art web sites:
>Leonardo Electronic Almanac:
>(logon: lea; password: animich)
>425 Market St. 2nd Floor
>San Francisco CA 94105
>(415) 405 3335
>Fax: (415) 405 7758
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