Apache Spark trademark guidelines

Apache Spark, Spark and the Spark logo are trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). The ASF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and as such, needs to take special care about how its trademarks are used by organizations. In particular, ASF needs to ensure that its software products are clearly distinguished from third-party products.

If you would like to provide software, services, events, or other products based on Apache Spark, please refer to the ASF trademark policy and FAQ. This page summarizes the key points of the policy, but please note that the official policy always takes precedence.

  • Software products, whether commercial or open source, are not allowed to use “Spark” in their name, except in the form “powered by Apache Spark” or “for Apache Spark” when following these specific guidelines.
    • Names derived from “Spark”, such as “sparkly”, are also not allowed.
    • Company names may not include “Spark”.
    • Package identifiers (e.g., Maven coordinates) may include “spark”, but the full name used for the software package should follow the naming policy above.
  • Written materials must refer to the project as “Apache Spark” in the first and most prominent mentions. Materials from software vendors or software-related service providers must follow stricter guidelines, including using the full project name “Apache Spark” in more locations, and proper trademark attribution on every page.

  • Logos derived from the Spark logo are not allowed.

  • Domain names containing “spark” are not permitted without written permission from the Apache Spark PMC. To request permission, email private@spark.apache.org and CC trademarks@apache.org. (Details)

  • Events, books, and merchandise have their own guidelines. Please refer to the ASF trademark policy and FAQ for details.

We appreciate the community’s help in respecting these guidelines. If you have any questions about the Apache trademark policy, please email trademarks@apache.org.