Today I came across Clear Sans
, an open source typeface by Intel. So, I'm just curious, does anyone here know who designed it? Because I'm pretty sure it is not Neil Summerour
PS: I'm posting this in the 'Business' category after the naming issue.
I believe the naming overlap is an unfortunate coincidence. (Kinda surprising the name hadn’t been used until now.) My hunch is that Monotype’s family was produced and in use before Neil’s, but Neil was likely unaware that it existed since it was a proprietary design and not publicly promoted until later.
The name sounds very generic to me, and to be a valid trademark you can't be too generic (I'm not a lawyer, this is not advice) so its not that surprising no one else used it before.
Neil made a trademark registration application a few months ago, I wonder if it will be granted...
Stephen is right, it's unfortunate timing, but I'm comfortable in my process until I learn something different. I never want to be seen as an opportunistic type idiot and very conscientiously follow my process to choose a name to fit the face. As it is, especially with the circumstances surrounding these two typefaces, it's a gray area that I wish didn't exist.
Mozilla started discussing using Intel's font in spring 2013 - https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=877203 - which predates all your research, and Intel announced it on their 01.org blog in June - https://01.org/clear-sans/blogs - but I don't want to be unsympathetic. Its not a good situation.
Fortunately, @vernon adams is saving the day, because he's actively working on a renamed version - https://github.com/vernnobile/opakSansFont - and I've requested that Mozilla switch to that - https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=987138