Intel MDS and Mohawk
sdc695 at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 26 17:35:17 CDT 2006
Scribed by "Chuck Guzis" <cclist at sydex.com>:
> I was going over some old 8" Intel diskettes and discovered some that
> have the legend "MDS is a registered trademark of Mohawk Data Science
> Does anyone remember when Intel started adding the asterisked text to
All I know is some history: Mohawk Data Sciences did all sorts of things
in the 60's and 70's. Their main "claim to fame" was a key-to-tape machine
that was to replace keypunches (remember 029 keypunches) with something more
"modern". They did find some place, but I never used one. On the other hand
I was (un)fortunate to interface a Mohawk printer (a model 4330 to be exact) to
a larger computer (A Xerox Sigma 5) and it had (still has on the case) a nice
MDS logo. I suspect that Intel started using MDS as a marketing term and the
lawyers from Mohawk made a nice call on the phone.
Another observation: Later Xerox Sigma CPUs had a sticker (inside the control
panel door) indicating that the term "Sigma" was used under license from some
corporation (Sigma Relays?). They probably got a lawyer call as well.
Sometimes these things take a while (years), but eventually it all works out.
A recent (very bad) example was a guy called Mike Rowe (I think) who wanted to
sell software on the web. He got a "nastygram" from the guys in Redmond who
didn't appreciate it too much. I'm sure you can search for the end result.
Note to wise: If you think you have a trademark, do a little search. It might
save some real money at a later date.
tsw at johana.com
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