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Today I was participating in a discussion panel for instructors at my university and we got to talking about time management. I recommend to the audience that they should read David Allen's GTD book, and everyone perked up and started taking notes as I described what it was all about. It gave me the idea that I might give a workshop or write a book about "GTD for academics" or something like this.

My question is, if I were to give such a workshop or write such a book, would I have to clear this with David Allen's company or publisher? Or is "GTD" something that is more of a concept than a product?

I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts on this, especially if you have experience doing what I've described.

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closed as off-topic by Rory Alsop May 23 '14 at 20:53

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GTD is a registered trademark of The David Allen Co. - – Josh Bruce May 23 '14 at 19:26
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about personal productivity. It is about the requirements for permission to use trademarked or copyrighted materials. – Rory Alsop May 23 '14 at 20:53
The fact that GTD and "Getting things done" are registered trademarks does not mean that you cannot use them. You just cannot use them as trademarks. This means that, if you make profit out of your talks, you should not use these trademarks to sell your talk. Remember that you still have the right to quote and the right to cite. "Getting things done" is a pretty common sentence in English, and its acronym GTD has become very popular. There's nothing wrong in using them, as long as you don't associate them with a product. – jordix May 28 '14 at 8:23

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