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Registered trade mark
Wikipedia should not be used as a vehicle for selling products. This article should be removed. At very least it should say the Information Mapping® is registered trade mark. User:18.104.22.168 - 29 July 2008 03:20 (UTC)
- "Information mapping" can't be a registered trademark. Information mapping has been used as an approach to defining and showing the relationships between different items or types of information since the 70's. So it has been in the public domain for at least 30 years. All you have to do is perform a web search on the term and you'll see that there are hundreds of references to it. Therefore it would be impossible to trademark the term. Since information mapping can't be trademarked and since information mapping is a generic term in use for decades, this is clearly an advertisement for Mr. Horn and his information mapping services. So I agree that this article should be removed immediately!
- But it would be nice to have a general article on information mapping that is more in keeping with the principles of Wikipedia and covers the whole history and range of definitions and uses of this useful approach. In an article like that, there should be no problem showing Mr. Horn's version of information mapping as one example and form of it.
- Falcons-dream (talk) 06:28, 3 September 2008 (UTC)
- In fact, "Information Mapping" is a commercial product (& commercial company) & is a registered trademark, & this should be cited in any Wikipedia entry. The line of reasoning, so-called, that its being used since the 70s means it's in the public domain--ergo, it is impossible to trademark--is a stellar example of the nonsense that pervades all discourse in the US of A. & An InfoMapped verson of that line of reasoning would show, literally, just how nonsensical it is.
- As for the Wiki entry, examples of what exactly InfoMapping is might help. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 11:34, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
"Information mapping has been used as an approach to defining and showing the relationships between different items or types of information since the 70's. So it has been in the public domain for at least 30 years."
Horn's initial work was done in the 1960s...