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Fraser
2008-Jan-04, 02:40 PM
Former NASA astronaut John Herrington has resigned from the commercial space company Rocketplane Global, Inc. Herrington left NASA in 2005 to join Rocketplane as vice president and director of flight operations. He was slated to pilot the company’s passenger-carrying suborbital XP spaceplane. His resignation was effective on December 21, 2007.

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KaiYeves
2008-Jan-04, 11:15 PM
Will other companies with similar vehicles be able to call their vehicles rocketplanes? Or will it be copyrighted?

01101001
2008-Jan-08, 01:22 AM
Will other companies with similar vehicles be able to call their vehicles rocketplanes? Or will it be copyrighted?

It certainly won't be copyrighted. Copyright applies to expression of ideas, works, such as poems, songs, movies, paintings, and this article, not short phrases or invented words. (See US Patent and Trademark Office FAQ (http://www.uspto.gov/main/faq/index.html).)

Perhaps you are thinking of "trademark" rights, a name or symbol used to identify goods in commerce?

"Rocketplane" is a US registered trademark (number 2961592), for goods and services in the field of manufacture of suborbital space aircraft. Can other companies call their products rocketplanes? Well, they can until some authority tells them not to -- but they should expect Rocketplane Limited to defend its trademark. It's possible that it's not a defensible mark, as it is somewhat descriptive. It would no doubt be a battle though, probably not worth engaging in.