Amazon Drops “Elasticsearch” From Product Names To Settle Trademark Infringement Lawsuit With Elastic

Amazon Drops “Elasticsearch” From Product Names To Settle Trademark Infringement Lawsuit With Elastic

Posted by WP Tavern on February 22, 2022 at 4:14 pm
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Elastic has resolved a trademark infringement lawsuit related to usage of the term “Elasticsearch.” Amazon has agreed to drop the term from its product line. “We believe this resolution will remove confusion in the marketplace and provide much-needed clarity to our community and customers,” Elastic CEO Ashutosh Kulkarni said in the announcement. “There is only one Elasticsearch, and it comes from Elastic.”  In January 2021, Elastic abandoned Elasticsearch’s open source licensing, claiming that AWS’s behavior “forced” the company to switch from the Apache 2.0-license to be dual-licensed under the Server Side Public License (SSPL) and the Elastic License. Elastic cited examples of what they perceived to be “ethically challenged behavior.” Shortly after, Amazon led a community effort to fork the project in order to maintain its open source license. In September 2021, Amazon renamed its Amazon Elasticsearch Service to Amazon OpenSearch Service after adopting the fork. Elastic initiated the trademark infringement lawsuit in 2019 after AWS launched an Open Distro for Elasticsearch in partnership with Expedia and Netflix. AWS said the motivation was to keep Elasticsearch open, because some of the more recent additions were proprietary. Amazon said the open distro was created “to accelerate open source Elasticsearch innovation.” Elastic claimed that the branding for…

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