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Comodo says they'll abandon Let's Encrypt trademark applications

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    Comodo, known as one of the world's largest SSL providers, earned the ire of security and privacy advocates this week after the security firm was revealed to have filed trademark registrations for the term let's encrypt, which happens to be the name of a nonprofit that offers SSL certificates for free.

    Let's Encrypt, the organization stated by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG), and has helped millions of websites implement SSL since it was founded in 2014. On Thursday, ISRG's Executive Director, Josh Aas, said Comodo had filed three trademark applications for a number of CA-related services using the term let's encrypt.

    "These trademark applications were filed long after the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) started using the name Let’s Encrypt publicly in November of 2014, and despite the fact Comodo’s 'intent to use' trademark filings acknowledge that it has never used 'Let’s Encrypt' as a brand," Aas said in a blog post.

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