So who owns the Linux trademark name?

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Who Owns Linux? Linus. . .And a detergent company In switzerland…

This blog post provides some list of who owns U.S. trademarks on the word “Linux.”:

In case you were wondering–and I was, given the noises Microsoft has been making lately about the open-source operating system–Linus Torvalds does indeed own the trademark on Linux. Interestingly, so does Rosch, a detergent company based in Switzerland.

How can this be? The explanation is simple. Trademarks are a little different from patents. A patent is fairly broad, and one can’t copy or use something someone else has patented with permission (and, presumably, a royalty).

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Posted by: Vivek Gite

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