Cardinal cautious on further Jade action

Cardinal is non-committal about whether it will take further action to stop Computer Associates using the name Jade in New Zealand and in the US. A spokesperson says the Christchurch company is taking a "wait and see" approach on the issue, after a positive outcome in an Australian legal challenge on the use of the name. Jade is Cardinal's object-oriented language and database, but it was also the name CA adopted for the development environment of its Jasmine object-oriented database. The legal challenge Aoraki Corporation, the owner of Cardinal Group, brought against CA for infringing its Jade trademark in Australia last month ended in an amicable settlement.

Cardinal is non-committal about whether it will take further action to stop Computer Associates using the name Jade in New Zealand and in the US.

A spokesperson says the Christchurch company is taking a “wait and see” approach on the issue, after a positive outcome in an Australian legal challenge on the use of the name. Jade is Cardinal’s object-oriented language and database, but it was also the name CA adopted for the development environment of its Jasmine object-oriented database.

The legal challenge Aoraki Corporation, the owner of Cardinal Group, brought against CA for infringing its Jade trademark in Australia last month ended in an amicable settlement.

Both products were launched in Melbourne last December. In a settlement reached late last year, CA agreed to stop any advertising in Australia which mentions Jade and to phase out the use of the name Jade entirely by May 1998 in all but existing beta sites.

CA officials says Jade, an acronym for Jasmine application development environment, will instead be marketed in Australia as Jasmine Development System.

Aoraki officials claimed the reputation of its product was being “seriously harmed” by CA’s use of the name.

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