Oracle: Eclipse may not use Java EE trademarks

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The migration of Java EE (Enterprise Edition) to the Eclipse Foundation has hit some glitches, with Oracle not permitting Java specification trademarks to be used by the foundation. Nevertheless, Eclipse executive director Mike Milinkovich is adamant that Java EE is not dead and Oracle has not killed it, as one blog suggested.

Following many months of “good faith” negotiations, the foundation and Oracle, which has been in charge of Java EE, have been unable to agree on terms to use Java trademarks currently used by Java EE specifications or to modify the javax package namespace, a bulletin late last week said. Oracle’s Java trademarks are the company’s property and Eclipse has no rights to use them. Milinkovich cited the implications for the Eclipse Foundation’s Jakarta EE enterprise Java implementation:

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