Talk:Acoustic Doppler current profiler

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ADCP is a trademark of RDInstruments. The generic name of the instruments working on the same principles is ADVP ( Acoustic Doppler Velocity Profiler) or ADP (Acoustic Doppler Profiler)

The acronym ADCP is not a trademark of RD Instruments. It is a generic term. ADP (Acoustic Doppler Profiler) is a trademark of YSI/Sontek. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 01:10, 27 February 2007 (UTC).

The term ADCP may have reached the status of "zipper" or "kleenex" (not capitalized)---a trade name that has moved into common usage. The Nortek web site has a section on trademarks, and states "ADCP (Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler) was the first name used for current profilers. It was introduced by RD Instruments of San Diego, California and in the 80's, this name was both a trade name and a generic term, well established throughout the growing community of users. Today, the term is found in scientific papers, in official contract documents, in engineering guidelines, and in the daily language. As far as we can see, the term is used as a generic term for all current profilers, regardless of manufacturer and has lost its status as a trade name." ( David Neiman — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:02, 4 April 2012 (UTC)