Trade mark

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search page returned by US Patent and Trademark Office for a specific word

You might think that common words and generic terms can't be used as trade marks. That's true, in theory, in some cases, in some jurisdictions. The image shown, from the US Patent and Trademark Office TESS search system shows that words do get issued as trade marks. Some of these words might seem more or less common, others seem more or less generic, others seem more or less descriptive.

You might argue about whether this is right, or just.

What's in a name?

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unclear sign over a dental office

A question came up on one of the OSM mailing lists1 about what to use as the name of a business. The name of a business is one of the key items that distinguishes that business from their competitors, along with location. Both of these things are important to mappers. We like to get location correct; that's kind of the point of OpenStreetMap. And once we have the location of an object, we generally want to name it.

So why are some businesses so hard to name? And what is a mapper to do about it? Let's have a look.

Explore new territory with a GPS for OpenStreetMap

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A handhed GPSr device
Adding information about your neighbourhood to OpenStreetMap can be relatively simple when there is local data to use as landmarks. Sometimes you want to explore terra incognita and add data for which there is no local reference for dead reckoning. This tutorial takes a first look at using a GPS receiver to collect a track file for use as a reference when adding information to OpenStreetMap.

Add fonts to your OpenStreetMap server

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Road sign with a custom font

OpenStreetMap offers many choices and great power. We know that with great power, there must also come great responsibility.[1] And so it is with fonts. Your choice is likely to be a font from your corporate brand guide or a font mandated by regulation. It would be irresponsible to use a decorative font like Olde English on our maps so for this demo we'll add a suitable font to the system and show how to bring it in to play on the map.

Build your own OpenStreetMap Server

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Where's that awesome tutorial?!?!?

The articles on how to install and test your own OpenStreetMap tile server are some of the most popular articles on weait.com. I have retrieved these articles from the archives. While dated in places, you might find them helpful. Comments are welcome but the articles are essentially unmaintained at this time.

The two versions of the tutorial can be found here.

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