A recent decision by the copyright holder of the widely used HMMER software to enforce its trademark has prompted some discussion in the bioinformatics community about forking the software and its commercial use.

This spring, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute obtained a trademark from the US Patent and Trademark Office for the freely distributed, open source HMMER, named for its use of profiling hidden Markov models.

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