Comments: The e-portfolio

dtosh
Your point is entirely relevant!
However, your English Professor is the one who should be questioned – not you. I am an ePortfolio Consultant for the r•smart group inc. http://www.rsmart.com ; we are a co-founder of the Open Source Portfolio Initiative (OSPI) http://www.theospi.org I am one of the OSPI’s resident ePortfolio experts; the OSPI is known by thousands of universities, colleges, organizations, and businesses spanning over 80 countries. However, as a Political Science graduate, I know that personal testimony is not enough to justify an argument. I will allow the US Government to substantiate my assertion.
Here are the FACTS about the term ‘eportfolio;’ I suggest you forward it to your English Professor and anyone else who questions your use of the term.

USTPO Serial # 75910039
1/26/00 Firas A. Dabbas of Cypress, California applied to the US Trademark & Patent Office in request of a Trademark on the word mark “EPORTFOLIO.COM.” His goods/services were this, “Online financial information.” The case was, “Abandoned” as of 4/2/03.

USTPO Serial # 76059957
5/30/00 The Arsin Corporation of Santa Clara, California applied to the US Trademark & Patent Office in request of a Trademark on the word mark “EPORTFOLIO.” Their goods/services were this, “Computer software for data management, storage, and transfer over a corporate intranet and global computer network and user manuals packaged as a unit therewith.” The application was published for opposition on 1/29/02 (standard procedure… similar to the priest saying, ‘if anyone has reason why these two people should not be married, speak now or forever hold your peace.’) However, as of 2/12/03, the claim was, “Abandoned.” – No reason stated.

USTPO Serial # 76352374
12/26/2001 Geoff Irvine of Ontario, Canada applied to the US Trademark & Patent Office in request of a Trademark on the word mark “R.O.A.D. EPORTFOLIO.” His goods/services were this, “Computer software allowing users to create resumes and display them via a global computer network.” As of 12/24/02, the claim was, “Abandoned: Applicant failed to respond to an Office action.”

As you can see, no one in the US has staked any claim on the term as of yet. Many vendors use or have trademarked similar word marks, but ‘eportfolio’ is still unrestricted.

Posted by Nichole at June 10, 2004 07:21 PM

After my posting yesterday, I read my response and realize that the wording was much harsher than I had intended. Please know that I meant for my response to be more informative and less confrontational. I want everyone who reads this to know that the open source community is built upon cooperation rather than competition, so I offer my retraction to my argumentative statements.

Posted by Nichole at June 11, 2004 06:32 PM
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