WDR - Leonardo Finance vs. Leonardo

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Association Leonardo is a non-profit arts organization based in France. Leonardo/The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology is a non-profit organization based in San Francisco. These two collaborating organizations represent the Leonardo network of artists, scientists, engineers and scholars.

They seek to make visible and promote the work of artists involved with science and the new technologies. Some 2,000 artists, scientists, engineers and scholars are involved in the network and its various projects worldwide.

The most important publication of Leonardo is the "Journal Leonardo". It was the first project of the network. Publication of Leonardo began in 1968; it was originally distributed internationally by Pergamon Press, Oxford, Paris and New York. Leonardo, and its more recent sister publication Leonardo Music Journal (Editor Nic Collins), are now published for Leonardo by the MIT Press.

The Lawsuit

On the 18th of November 1999, the Paris-based company Transasia Corporation with co-complainants filed a law suit against the Leonardo Association in Paris, claiming trademark infringement and loss of business. Transasia in their filing claims to have recently trademarked the names Leonardo, Leonardo Finance, Leonardo Partners, Leonardo Experts and Leonardo Angels.

The Association Leonardo has retained the services of Maitre Jocelyne Granger in Paris and they are preparing a legal response. A Leonardo Legal Defense Fund has been set up. RTMark and Etoy are supporting Leonardo.

Victory

On Monday 28 May 2001 a three-judge panel in Nanterre, France, issued a preliminary ruling dismissing all of the charges filed by Transasia Corp. and Leonardo Finance against the international arts organization Association Leonardo.

Resources
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RTMark: Leonardo Fund

Official Leonardo Website

Leonardo Finance Website

Press: Wired News

Contact Leonardo: isast@sfsu.edu

Contact Leonardo Finance: yves.delacour@leonardofinance.fr, fmonnot@leonardofinance.fr, valerie.virlouvet@leonardofinance.fr

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