WordPress Trademark Ownership

Automattic donates WordPress trademark to WordPress Foundation


WordPress News – Trademark Ownership

Automattic, who registered the WordPress trademark back in 2006, has officially donated the WordPress trademark to the non-profit WordPress Foundation.

Matt Mullenweg is obviously excited, as “the most central piece of WordPress’s identity, its name, is now fully independent from any company.”

WordPress Foundation praised the donation in their blog: “It is highly unusual (to say the least) for a company to give away a trademark worth millions, and this move by Automattic is extremely generous and community-minded.”

The popular blogging platform WordPress have announced the transfer of trademark ownership on their official blog on September 9, 2010.

WordPress News:
WordPress Trademark Changes Hands
The WordPress community took a big step forward today when Matt announced that Automattic has donated the WordPress trademark to the non-profit WordPress Foundation. Moving forward, the Foundation will be responsible for safeguarding the trademarked name and logo from misuse toward the end of protecting WordPress and preventing confusion among people trying to figure out if a resource is “official” or not.
WordPress Blog

The WordPress Foundation wrote on their blog on September 9, 2010 …

WordPress Trademark in the House
We are pleased to announce that Automattic has made a remarkable and generous donation by transferring ownership of the WordPress trademark to the WordPress Foundation. We’re honored to accept this donation, and to preserve and protect the trademark in the years ahead as a keystone part of the Foundation’s mission to ensure that WordPress is around and thrives for generations to come.
Read the full story on WordPress Foundation Blog
Matthew Mullenweg

Matthew Mullenweg

Matthew Mullenweg

Matthew Charles Mullenweg (born January 11, 1984 in Houston, Texas), popularly called Matt, is the founding developer of WordPress, the popular open-source blogging software that runs millions of sites around the world. WordPress is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform.

In late 2005, he founded a new startup Automattic, the business behind WordPress.com, Akismet, Gravatar, bbPress, IntenseDebate, BuddyPress, and more to come.

Matt is one of PC World’s Top 50 People on the Web, Inc.com’s 30 under 30, and Business Week’s 25 Most Influential People on the Web.

Trademark Policy

You may read the WordPress Foundation’s official trademark policy.

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