WordPress Trademark Donated to WordPress Foundation

September 9th, 2010
WordPress, WordPress News

Automattic has officially donated the WordPress trademark to the non-profit WordPress Foundation.  To quote the official announcement by Jane Wells, “the Foundation will be responsible for safeguarding the trademarked name and logo from misuse toward the end of protecting WordPress and preventing confusion among people trying to figure out if a resource is ‘official’ or not.”

Matt Mullenweg is obviously excited, as “the most central piece of WordPress’s identity, its name, is now fully independent from any company.”

Ownership of the trademark could have made Automattic millions on the name alone, but in a move praised as “extremely generous and community-minded,” they are ensuring that both WordPress and its name will never be used to unfairly profit from, confuse, or cause harm to the blogging platform, its integrity, and the community itself.




  1. quicoto (39 comments.) says:

    Big step for Automattic.

  2. Matt (1 comments.) says:

    Thank you, Automatic, that’s a classy thing you’ve done. You could’ve exploited your holding for personal gain but you took the high road. Thank you! All WordPress users are sincerely grateful for your contribution!

  3. drmike (7 comments.) says:

    A quick check of the US trademark database at shows no transfer has been made. The trademark is still held by Automattic. You may want to verify your sources.

    • James Huff (62 comments.) says:

      Considering that my sources were Matt Mullenweg and Jane Wells, both Automattic and WordPress Foundation leaders, and that it can take anywhere from two weeks to a year for the Trademark Office to complete a transfer request, I’m inclined to believe my sources. Also, I fail to see the reason for why a company built on the back of open source and WordPress itself would lie about something like this. They’d have absolutely nothing to gain.

  4. WpHey (21 comments.) says:

    It’s good for both WordPress and Automattic, I think.


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