Oh wow, this has got to be a bad day for Torvalds. It seems Australia is claiming that the Linux Mark Institute failed to register the Linux trademark in that country. Boy, this could lead to a real mess if it is not resolved here soon.

The Linux Mark Institute, set up by Linus Torvalds in 2002 to protect the Linux trademark, has denied reports that it has “failed” to register the Linux trademark in Australia and clarified its position on Linux trademark licensing.

The LMI was set up by Mr Torvalds with John Hall as non-profit organization to license the use of the word Linux and ensure it was retained as a trademark by being “vigorously defended”, in keeping with trademark law. [Read the rest]