Automattic has officially donated the WordPress trademark to the non-profit WordPress Foundation. The announcement was made by one of WordPress’s founding developers, Matt Mullenweg. Automattic had registered for a trademark on the WordPress brand in 2006 and in the years since then, the brand “has grown immeasurably”, says Mullenweg.
As had been quoted from the official announcement by Jane Wells, “the Foundation will be responsible for safeguarding the trademarked name and logo from misuse toward the end of protecting WordPress and preventing confusion among people trying to figure out if a resource is ‘official’ or not.”
In fact it is rare for a company to donate their trademarks to a non-profit foundation, but Mullenweg stated that “I know in my heart that this is the right thing for the entire WordPress community”.