We're so excited the OpenAg project is taking off, and the beauty of an open source project is that the more people that build on it, the more the community benefits.
The Open Agriculture Inititiave (OpenAg) is part of MIT, and MIT has rules about endorsement, implied endorsement and using the MIT name, or the names of research groups and projects (check out the legalese). What does this mean for you? Let us walk you through it…
When referring to OpenAg™ in print, always CamelCase the name with an uppercase
O and and uppercase
In written documents, it is only necessary to use the TM symbol with the first instance of the mark, or with the most prominent placement of the mark.
When talking about the OpenAg project, you'll hear a few different terms:
OpenAgrefers to the project and the open source community.
MIT Open Agriculture Initiativeis the academic research arm of the project.
Open Agriculture Foundationis the non-profit we're setting up to protect the open source project.
OpenAg Holdings Public Benefit Corporation (BCorp)is a secured home for all the community developed assets and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Open Agriculture Foundation.
When referencing the project or the community, prefer
OpenAg as the umbrella term.
Food Computerrefers to the controlled environment agriculture devices that the OpenAg community develops. It's a type of device, like a
WIP. Our trademark policy is under development.
The terms “OpenAg™” and “Food Computer™” are registered trademarks of the OpenAg Holdings Public Benefit Corporation (BCorp), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Open Agriculture Foundation.
As the OpenAg community grows and “food computing” as a general term takes root, we’re learning from other successful open-source projects like WordPress how important it is to create a differentiating mark for our community, the software, and the hardware. The trademark is therefore the next step in our commitment to remaining an open-source project and protecting our open-source community.
We have the following goals for our trademark policy: