Bethesda, MD – November 23, 2011 PTFS/LibLime, a provider of software and service solution to libraries, has been granted provisional use of a trademark for the use of the term Koha as it applies to Integrated Library Software (ILS) in New Zealand.
When PTFS/LibLime purchased LibLime in March, 2010, one of the assets acquired was the trademark on the term Koha as it applies to ILS software in the United States. PTFS/LibLime has held that trademark in trust, purposefully choosing not to enforce it in order to insure that no individual, organization, or company would be prohibited from promoting their services around Koha in the United States.
Another one of the assets acquired in the purchase of LibLime was an application for the trademark of the term Koha as it applies to ILS software in New Zealand. That application has now been accepted. PTFS/LibLime will hold that trademark in trust as well, and will not enforce it in order to insure that no individual, organization, or company will be prohibited from promoting their services around Koha in New Zealand.
PTFS/LibLime is prepared to transfer the trademark to a non-profit Koha Foundation with the provision that the Foundation hold the trademark in trust and not enforce it against any individual, organization, or company who chooses to promote services around Koha in New Zealand. PTFS/LibLime encourages a direct dialog with Koha stakeholders to determine an equitable solution for the disposition of the trademark that serves the best interests of the libraries who use Koha.
Koha is an open development ILS application first conceived in the late 1990's in New Zealand. In the twelve years that the source code has been available, the application has been enhanced by hundreds of individuals, organizations, libraries, and companies around the world. With all of this enhancement, much of it in the last five years, the application has evolved into a fully-functional ILS capable of supporting most of the workflow needs of a library. The Koha software is owned by no company and various versions of the application are freely available to libraries throughout the world.
PTFS is an industry leader in content and knowledge management solutions, deploying its ArchivalWare digital content management system to institutions throughout the commercial and government sectors. Founded in 1995, PTFS provides software and service solutions to libraries through the LibLime Division, and offers complete content conversion solutions from analog to digital. PTFS also specializes in meeting library personnel staffing requirements and metadata keying services. For more information, contact us at http://liblime.com or http://ptfs.com or http://archivalware.net.