[NTLK] write to Tim Cook

Ken Whitcomb ken at imageguild.com
Thu Dec 1 15:19:12 EST 2011

Regardless of what Apple's disposition on releasing the IP, the biggest roadblock might be that Apple licensed some code for the Newton OS from other companies  and would not even be able to legally release some portions if they wished to.
HWR code is the first that comes to mind.

Spelling is my passion, but not on a smartphone. Sorry.

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From: Charles Mangin <option8 at option8.com>
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Subject: [NTLK] write to Tim Cook

In following the latest round of discussion about creating new hardware for the Newton OS, as well as running Einstein on various Android hardware platforms, I keep coming back to this though:

	What if Apple gave the copyrights and trademarks to the Newton brand to the community?

I know it's tilting at windmills to think that Apple would just hand over (or license) the Newton name and assets to the community, but if we make enough noise (and/or raise enough money through something like kickstarter.com) we might at least get a definitive answer one way or the other.

I suggest that those interested in liberating the Newton name and everything that goes with it, so that we can legally pursue creating the Newton: Next Generation, contact Apple's legal department here:


and/or write to the new CEO, Tim Cook here:

	tcook at apple.com

I'm sure it's been mentioned in this context before, but since Apple hasn't actively used the Newton trademark since 1998, it could be considered to be "abandoned". In fact, according to the USPTO, it has been considered "cancelled" since 2004. I'm not sure of the difference. Perhaps someone better versed in IP Law could help out here.

 charles mangin | Alpha Geek and Chief Mental Hygienist
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