Late last year, the SFLC amended its complaint to the US Patent and Trademark Organisation against the SFC, to include fraud. In response, the SFC filed a 168-page motion, seeking a summary judgement.
As iTWire reported in November last year, the SFLC had asked a court to cancel the trademark of the SFC due to what it claims is "priority and likelihood of confusion" to its own trademark.
The irony of the situation is that the is that the SFLC launched the SFC in 2006 to carry out enforcement of the GPL, a free software licence which was drafted by the head of the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation, Richard Stallman.
Prior to this, the head of the SFLC Eben Moglen outlined how he saw a possible settlement to the spat, saying: "We propose a general peace, releasing all claims that the parties have against one another, in return for an iron-clad agreement for mutual non-disparagement, binding all the organisations and individuals involved, with strong safeguards against breach.
"SFLC will offer, as part of such an overall agreement, a perpetual, royalty-free trademark license for the Software Freedom Conservancy to keep and use its present name, subject to agreed measures to prevent confusion, and continued observance of the non-disparagement agreement."
This was not reflected in the amendment made to the court complaint, though, with the charge of fraud by the SFC being added.