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            Date: Sun, 09 Jan 2000 21:14:33 +0000
            From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.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

                                   TRADEMARK DISPUTE
                   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.

    David Green

    >Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 14:45:25 -0800
    >From: Leonardo <isast@sfsu.edu>
    > >
    >PRESS RELEASE, December 20, 1999
    >Leonardo Art/Science Network under Legal Attack
    >for Use of the Word "Leonardo"
    >For further information,
    >contact: Roger Malina: leo@mitpress.mit.edu
    >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
    >Cambridge, Massachusetts.
    >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 On-Line:
    >Observatoire Leonardo:
    >Leonardo Electronic Almanac:
    >(logon: lea; password: animich)
    > ###
    >Editorial Department
    >425 Market St. 2nd Floor
    >San Francisco CA 94105
    >(415) 405 3335
    >Fax: (415) 405 7758
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