Trademark Standards for Use

Use of any MongoDB, Inc. trademark must be in accordance with this policy. MongoDB, Inc.'s trademark policy attempts to balance two competing interests: MongoDB, Inc.'s need to ensure that its trademarks remain reliable indicators of the source and quality of MongoDB, Inc.’s products and services and MongoDB, Inc.'s desire to permit community members, software distributors and others that MongoDB, Inc. works with to discuss MongoDB, Inc.'s products and services and to accurately describe their affiliation with MongoDB, Inc..

Underlying MongoDB, Inc.'s trademark policy is the general law of trademarks. Trademarks exist to help consumers identify, and organizations publicize, the source of products and services. Some organizations make better products than others; over time, consumers begin to associate those organizations (and their trademarks) with quality. When such organizations permit others to place their trademarks on goods of lesser quality, they find that customer trust evaporates quickly. This is the situation that MongoDB, Inc. seeks to avoid, especially since, when it comes to intangible products like software, trust is all consumers have to decide on.

Although MongoDB, Inc.'s trademark policy is composed of a number of specific rules, most reflect the overarching requirement that your use of MongoDB, Inc.'s trademarks be non-confusing and non-disparaging. By non-confusing, MongoDB, Inc. means that people should always know who they are dealing with, and where the software they are downloading came from. Websites and software that are not produced by MongoDB, Inc. should not imply, either directly or by omission, that they are. By non-disparaging, we mean that, outside the bounds of fair use, you can't use our trademarks as vehicles for defaming us or sullying our reputation. These basic requirements can serve as a guide as you work your way through the policy.

Ownership

The MongoDB, Inc. trademarks will remain the sole property of MongoDB, Inc.. All use and goodwill associated with the MongoDB, Inc. trademarks will inure to the benefit of MongoDB, Inc..

Standards for Use

All uses of MongoDB, Inc. trademarks must conform to the following:

  1. Prior to any use of any MongoDB, Inc. trademarks, you must submit the proposed use for MongoDB, Inc.’s prior written approval. MongoDB, Inc. may, in its sole discretion, approve or reject such use, and MongoDB, Inc. will notify you promptly of the approval or rejection.
  2. You may use the MongoDB, Inc. trademarks only to identify and distinguish MongoDB, Inc. products and services. The MongoDB, Inc. trademarks may not be applied to products or services provided by anyone other than MongoDB, Inc., except as authorized in writing by MongoDB, Inc..
  3. You may not combine any MongoDB, Inc. trademark with another word or hyphenate any MongoDB, Inc. trademark.
  4. You may not abbreviate any MongoDB, Inc. trademark by leaving out one or more word portions of the trademark.
  5. You may use the MongoDB, Inc. trademarks only as adjectives and never as nouns or verbs. You may not use any MongoDB, Inc. trademark in possessive form.
  6. MongoDB, Inc. trademarks may only be used with the correct form of notice of registration. The correct notice to be used in association with trademarks depends on whether or not the mark is registered in the applicable jurisdiction. If it is not registered, the notice or the word “trademark” or the symbol “TM” or “SM” should be used in association with the trademark. If it is registered in the applicable jurisdiction, the ® should be used. These notices should be placed adjacent to the trademark and be given on all advertising materials, and on product labeling, computer screens, and other uses. Where a trademark is used more than once in a single display, the notice should be placed at the first or most prominent use of the trademark.
  7. The following notice should appear in the document in which the MongoDB, Inc. trademark is used: "[TRADEMARK] is a trademark of MongoDB, Inc.";
  8. When you use a MongoDB, Inc. trademark in a non-stylized form, such as in the body of text of an advertisement, it must be set apart and distinguished from the other words in the text. In order to do this, the trademark should be rendered in boldface type, italics, all capital letters, set in quotation marks or underlined.
  9. Each representation of a MongoDB, Inc. trademark should be consistent, undistorted, and clear. The logo may not be used in a size so small that any design feature of the mark is lost. In general, this will mean that the logo must appear by itself, in a reasonable size, with reasonable spacing (at least the height of the logo) between each side of the logo and other graphic or textual element. The logo must appear in exactly the same spatial relationship as set forth in any graphic standards information provided by MongoDB, Inc..
  10. You may not use any MongoDB, Inc. trademark in any advertising or material in violation of any applicable law, ordinance or regulation of any country.
  11. You may not use any MongoDB, Inc. trademark in a misleading way.
  12. You may not use any MongoDB, Inc. trademark on or in connection with any defamatory, scandalous, pornographic or other objectionable materials of any sort.
  13. You may not use any MongoDB, Inc. trademark to disparage MongoDB, Inc. or its products or services, or in a manner which, in MongoDB, Inc.’s reasonable judgment, may diminish or otherwise damage MongoDB, Inc.’s goodwill in any MongoDB, Inc. trademark.
  14. You may not take any action that would in any way tarnish or dilute the value of the MongoDB, Inc. trademarks.
  15. You may not adopt, use or attempt to register with any agency in any jurisdiction the trademark “MongoDB” or any trademark, trade name, service mark, logo or domain name consisting of, in whole or in part, the word “MongoDB” or any marks confusingly similar to any MongoDB, Inc. trademark.
  16. If you become aware of any infringement, actual or suspected, or any other unauthorized use of any MongoDB, Inc. trademark, you will promptly give notice to MongoDB, Inc. in writing, specifying the particulars of the unauthorized use.
  17. If, at any time, MongoDB, Inc. objects to your improper use of any MongoDB, Inc. trademark, you agree to take such steps as may be necessary to resolve MongoDB, Inc.’s objections.

Services Related to MongoDB Products

If you offer services related to MongoDB software, you may use MongoDB, Inc.'s trademarks in describing and advertising your services, so long as you don't violate these overall guidelines for the use of MongoDB, Inc.'s trademarks or do anything that might mislead customers into thinking that MongoDB, Inc. has any direct relationship with your organization, without MongoDB, Inc.’s prior written consent. For example, it is OK if your website says, "Services for MongoDB." It's not OK, though, if it says, "MongoDB training services sold here," since the first suggests that MongoDB is related to your business, and the second is confusing as to who, you or MongoDB, Inc., is performing the training. When in doubt, err on the side of providing more, rather than less, explanation and information.

Domain Names

If you want to include all or part of a MongoDB, Inc. trademark in a domain name, you must first receive written permission from MongoDB, Inc.. People naturally associate domain names with organizations whose names sound similar. Almost any use of a MongoDB, Inc. trademark in a domain name is likely to confuse consumers, thus running afoul of the overarching requirement that any use of a MongoDB, Inc. trademark be non-confusing.

Questions

MongoDB, Inc. has tried to make its trademark policy as comprehensive as possible. If you're considering a use of a MongoDB, Inc. trademark that's not covered by the policy, and you're unsure whether that use would run afoul of MongoDB, Inc.'s guidelines, please contact at legal@mongodb.com.