UNIX Snare Drums

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I belong to a "Drums for Sale" FB group. Today, someone posted a comment about UNIX Snare drums. As a Unix / Linux systems administrator ( in my professional life), I wondered how someone could use the name "UNIX" to brand a snare drum. I just assumed that the name "UNIX" is trademarked so I did the typical and did a search ...

Unix (/ˈjuːnɪks/; trademarked as UNIX) is a family of multitasking, multiuser computer operating systems that derive from the original AT&T Unix, development starting in the 1970s at the Bell Labs research center by Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, and others

so I am wondering how someone can use the name "UNIX" as a brand name for a drum. Again .. I know nothing about trademark law so perhaps because it's a brand name, it doesn't have any trademark infringement?

I hear they are very nice snare drums BTW
 

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Maybe if the businesses are totally unrelated it is OK? Like, Mc Donalds dry cleaning services would be alright maybe? I do not know, just guessing :) He does make great snares by the way.
 

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Here's the company I work for:

BioTek Instruments

...and here's another company, similar name:

BioTek Calibrations

We've worked alongside each other for many years without issue; I'm not sure what, if any action could be taken, and by whom, but it's a non-issue for us.
 

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I belong to a "Drums for Sale" FB group. Today, someone posted a comment about UNIX Snare drums. As a Unix / Linux systems administrator ( in my professional life), I wondered how someone could use the name "UNIX" to brand a snare drum. I just assumed that the name "UNIX" is trademarked so I did the typical and did a search ...

Unix (/ˈjuːnɪks/; trademarked as UNIX) is a family of multitasking, multiuser computer operating systems that derive from the original AT&T Unix, development starting in the 1970s at the Bell Labs research center by Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, and others

so I am wondering how someone can use the name "UNIX" as a brand name for a drum. Again .. I know nothing about trademark law so perhaps because it's a brand name, it doesn't have any trademark infringement?

I hear they are very nice snare drums BTW
I think I may have been the one talking about the UNIX SS snare in that group. They're a Canadian company out of Quebec...maybe it's a language thing : )
 

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Unix does make custom hi-end drums in a variety of woods, even 1 ply steambent. Top notch instruments.
 

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Put very simply (and multiple volumes could be written on it): A trademark is typically only enforceable in the same line of business.
 

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Put very simply (and multiple volumes could be written on it): A trademark is typically only enforceable in the same line of business.
And, or if manufactured within the same country. As in USA. So I've been told; am I right?

sherm
 

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Close. And really I am referring to trade names when I say it's only enforceable in the same line of business. Continuing with what Murat said, I could probably have a McDonald's Dry Cleaners. (Trade name - not same line of business.) But I could *not* use the golden arches logo/brand/trade dress/trademark to promote my dry cleaner.

It matters where the mark is registered, and where the company is doing business. If I only do business in New York as McDonald's dry cleaners (and register my trade name), I could not stop someone from doing business under the same name in California.
 

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Close. And really I am referring to trade names when I say it's only enforceable in the same line of business. Continuing with what Murat said, I could probably have a McDonald's Dry Cleaners. (Trade name - not same line of business.) But I could *not* use the golden arches logo/brand/trade dress/trademark to promote my dry cleaner.

It matters where the mark is registered, and where the company is doing business. If I only do business in New York as McDonald's dry cleaners (and register my trade name), I could not stop someone from doing business under the same name in California.
So you are saying what I have done here in this pic is frowned upon? :angel8:
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Well as a former Solaris and HP-UX sys admin myself...Unix OS is free but Unix snare drums are not :cool:
Now that being said, I really would love one of those snares :wq
 

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I recall reading a while ago that the big "press release" was that Dunet was getting involved with these guys. Never heard a word about it since. Never heard of a dealer offering these drums so I assume they sell direct..They are likely a good shell builder, but is that enough these days?
 

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Well as a former Solaris and HP-UX sys admin myself...Unix OS is free but Unix snare drums are not :cool:
Now that being said, I really would love one of those snares :wq
Write quit? :wink:
As a side note, there's Simmons drums and Simmons mattresses, and there's Rogers drums, Rogers circuit boards, and Rogers real estate. I guess it's okay. :toothy10:
 

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I recall reading a while ago that the big "press release" was that Dunet was getting involved with these guys. Never heard a word about it since. Never heard of a dealer offering these drums so I assume they sell direct..They are likely a good shell builder, but is that enough these days?
Here's a list of our dealers

Drum Center of Portsmouth
https://www.drumcenternh.com/snare-drums/unix-snare-drums

Timpano-Percussion
https://www.timpano-percussion.com/fc/search/unix/

Drummer’s Hangout
http://www.drummershangout.ca/products/unix-7x14-steam-bent-satin-cherry-wood-snare/

Musique Gagné
https://www.musiquegagne.com/

Dave’s Drum Shop
https://davesdrumshop.com/
 

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