Sublicense Request

To be considered for a free, perpetual sublicense to use the "Linux" trademark in commerce, you will need to provide the following information to the Linux Foundation:

  • Contact information.
  • A trademark which includes the word "Linux" combined with some other element or word(s).
  • If the mark is to be used in connection with goods, you will need to provide a full description of the goods.
  • If the mark is to be used in connection with services, you will need to provide a full description of the services.

If you have not already done so, please review the Linux Sublicense Agreement prior to filling out this application. On the following pages, required fields are marked with an asterisk ('*'). All other fields are optional. You will need to submit a separate application for each trademark you wish to sublicense.

1. Applicant Contact Information
Please provide your contact information. (This is for the person filling out the application; it may be the sublicensee or its authorized agent.)
2. Sublicensee Contact Information
Please provide contact information for the entity that will own the sublicense. If the sublicense will be held by an individual, enter "individual" for the company name. (This is the person or entity in whose name the sublicense will be granted, if approved.)
3. Previous Sublicense
* Does this application supersede a previous sublicense? For example, if you are reapplying in order to change the description of goods or services in a previous sublicense, select yes.
4. Sublicense Mark
Enter the word mark you would like to sublicense for use in commerce. The mark must contain the word "Linux" plus some other element or word(s). Examples: “Linuxizer”, “Linux-Whiz”, “SuperLinux”.
If available, enter the address of a Web site which displays your mark
5. Goods and Services
Common goods include distributions of Linux-based software, and hardware or devices on which Linux-based software is loaded. Common services include consulting in the use and deployment of Linux-based goods, publishing in the field of Linux-based programming, or organizations devoted to enhancing the use and development of Linux-based software (LUGs).

Description of the Goods

You indicated that your mark will be used in connection with goods. The goods must be Linux-based. Linux-based goods are computer systems and software using, incorporating or derived from any version of the Linux kernel as posted by Mr. Torvalds (or his authorized designee or successor) at www.kernel.org.

Examples: Distribution of software that is Linux-based. Distribution of embedded computer software based upon Linux for a cell phone.

Please fully describe the goods you will be using the mark to provide, sell or distribute, with or without a fee. If your mark is being used for goods that are Linux-based, remember to include that information within the following description. Failure to accurately document this detail may result in your application being denied.

Description of the Services

You indicated that your mark will be used in connection with services. The services must deploy, document, facilitate the use of, or enhance Linux-based goods.

Examples: A Linux software user group (LUGs). Consulting services for implementation and use of computer software or hardware that is Linux-based. Documentation supporting the implementation and use of computer software (publications) based upon Linux. Meeting and conference services related to Linux. Distribution of software that is Linux-based. Distribution of embedded computer software based upon Linux for a cell phone.

Please fully describe the services you will be using the mark to provide, sell or distribute, with or without a fee. If your mark is being used for services that are Linux-based, remember to include that information within the following description. Failure to accurately document this detail may result in your application being denied. For more information about goods and services, please follow links to the FAQs and Sublicense.