So, the search for a name continues. Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions! The Rails core team has been a huge help, too, especially Mike Clark, who has been tirelessly brainstorming with me for the last 2 days.
It is definitely not fun, searching through the list of registered trademarks and googling for names to see if they are taken. However, every once in a while you stumble across a gem that at least makes you smile in spite of it all.
Consider “kestrel”. It was one of the names I’ve been considering for the “software formerly known as SwitchTower”.
So I went to the USPTO site and began searching, only to stumble across this gem, describing the trademark for the term “kestrel” as applied for by “KESTREL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.”...
COMPUTER HARDWARE AND COMPUTER SOFTWARE FOR USE IN AGGREGATING, COLLECTING, CATEGORIZING, CALCULATING, CONVERTING, STORING, MAINTAINING, TRACKING, MONITORING, ANALYZING, PROCESSING, FORECASTING, REPORTING, SUMMARIZING, DISPLAYING, DISSEMINATING, AND MANAGING DATA AND INFORMATION FOR USE BY OTHERS IN THE FIELDS OF COMPUTERS, COMPUTER SOFTWARE, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, COMPUTER DATABASE MANAGEMENT, GLOBAL COMPUTER INFORMATION NETWORKS, FINANCE, INVESTMENT, BANKING, ACCOUNTING, SECURITIES, INSURANCE, E-COMMERCE TRANSACTIONS, E-BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS, ELECTRONIC COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS AND ELECTRONIC FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS; COMPUTER SOFTWARE AND COMPUTER PROGRAMS FOR USE IN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, FINANCIAL ANALYSIS, FINANCIAL CONSULTING, FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, SECURITIES TRADING, INVESTMENT, BROKERAGE, ASSET MANAGEMENT AND RISK MANAGEMENT AND RELATED INSTRUCTION MANUALS AND USER GUIDES SOLD AS A UNIT THEREWITH
Did they leave any stone unturned? Any loopholes they might have overlooked?
Take a pill, people, seriously…