Groupon Tries Take GNOME's Name
trademark laws were broken right from the start...
I saw a Gnome desktop in the mid 90s (in fact it was the first desktop linux GUI I ever saw!) and it would have been around even longer (from what I remember it had already a decent gui and easy to use - that would not have been built overnight!)
pretty much anyone who has ever used a linix desktop kinows of it even if they are using a differentr gui, (millions of people!)
How a company like that could claim not to have heard of it really is inconceivable!
as is the very idea of someone being able to BUY a means to prevent a words from being used in a context where so many people have used it for so long!!!