On Monday during the 1 off Marketing call with focus on the Program Plan 2021 with Trademark tasks, call agenda and video here
, I took the action to bring this topic back into a priority discussion
for the MicroProfile community to resolve. We got this
As you, Scott nicely stated on Sept 28th:
What we are talking about here is the additional compatibility branding program assets in websites and product literature in addition to any factual TCK base compatibility claims which can be made freely and without any MPWG requirement.
First, website: the MP Website is 100% managed by MicroProfilers. It doesn't require to buy into EF Website Services for any products, this includes the Compatibility Program page creation + more stuff associated with the Compatibility program.
Second, extra fees: a few of us want the MP Compatibility claim to be made without the MPWG requirement. That means without a potential new adopter company being forced to become an EF Member first. The feedback is that there is a deterrent to comply with such membership requirements and the 2 pay- fees.
Third, timing: the resolution of this topic ideally could be ideally completed in the next few weeks so that we can finalize the MPWG Trademark Guidelines that awaites this resolution and its currently under MicroProfilers care. We won't hand the Guidelines to the legal EF ( thanks Paul for mediating) until the draft is complete. Our wish is to avoid the waisful expenditure of the $40K allocated to Trademark tasks. Aside from legal most of the work is being completed by Microprofilers. That work does not include the additional $13.5 allocated to the legal costs on the agreements that are the sole responsibility to the EMO.
Next step is to figure out & negotiate with the EMO a compromise on this matter. Paul is added to the TO.
Whatever we do here will improve the trademark processes in other Working Groups.
Both the MPWG and Community forums are added into this message,