seL4 Trademark Guidelines
The Linux Foundation has registered seL4® as a
trademark in the United States and other countries. Please use ®
with the first mention of seL4 in all materials. In addition to the
guidelines below, the Linux Foundation Trademark Usage Guidelines,
also apply to any use of the seL4 trademarks and logos.
You may not use the seL4 marks in domain names
for products, events, or services related to the seL4 microkernel
without prior approval. Obtain approval
Marketing Materials and Press Releases
We recommend, if you prepare marketing
collateral, training material, or press releases that use the seL4
mark, that you submit these
to firstname.lastname@example.org for discussion and
The usage guidelines
apply to the seL4 mark and logos. In addition:
Do not modify the seL4 trademark or logos, e.g., do
not add other characters, or change the colors, orientation or any
other visual aspect of any logos.
Do not use the seL4 trademark in a misleading
way. This includes:
Do not use the seL4 mark to refer to code that
is modified in any way from the repository
You may use the seL4 mark to refer to the seL4
microkernel, the seL4 Foundation, or the seL4 proofs if you use
them accurately. The seL4 microkernel refers to the code hosted
at https://github.com/seL4/seL4. The seL4 proofs
refer to the formal mathematical proofs hosted
modified versions make clear it is a modification of seL4, not
seL4 itself; for academic research modifications you may use the
term experimental seL4.
Cloning the repository,
working on features, modifications, evaluations, research, etc,
and referring to these is fine and encouraged. The purpose of the
restriction is to ensure clarity and consistency on what the mark
refers to. When referring to modifications and work-in-progress on
the seL4 kernel, the name seL4 should refer to the official seL4
code from the foundation repository. Therefore examples
of incorrect use are:
Examples of correct use are (where accurate):
- company Y’s seL4 with feature X
- enhanced seL4 with feature X
The important difference between xyz seL4 and a
modification to seL4 is that in the former (incorrect) use
the mark refers to the modified version, and in the latter
(correct) use the mark refers to the code in the foundation
feature X by company Y is under review for inclusion into the
feature X developed by company Y is under review to be
included in the next release of the seL4 kernel
feature X by company Y is on the roadmap to be included in the seL4 kernel
- company Y has developed a modification X to the seL4 kernel and has evaluated its performance/impact/benefits.
company Y is working on feature X to be included in the seL4 kernel
For use in academic research publications only,
the foundation allows the use of the forms experimental
seL4 and experimental version of seL4 for referring
to modifications to the seL4 code that are experimental research
code. The form is explicitly meant for modifications that are not
ready for commercial use, and not checked or endorsed by the
foundation. An example of correct such use in a research paper
would be “running on an experimental version of seL4 that supports
Do not use the seL4 mark to make misleading
claims about the strength and completeness of its formal
verification. In particular, do not claim configurations of seL4
to be formally verified when they are not, and do not claim
properties to be verified that are not. See the source code
repository for which configurations are verified. If unsure,
contact email@example.com. We will be happy to
review and help phrase formal verification claims.
You may only make use of formal verification
claims of seL4 in relation with your product if your product
actually uses a verified configuration of seL4.
Do not add your company logo(s) to seL4
Foundation training and marketing materials, such as official
presentations, unless expressly permitted to do so by the seL4
Do not create marketing or training materials
that look as if they come from the seL4 Foundation rather than
Do not present the seL4 logos or marks larger
than your own company’s logo(s).
Naming Open Source Projects
For many libraries and language bindings it makes sense to include
the seL4 mark in the name of your project.
You may do so in the following forms. Do
use a capital L in seL4:
Do not use e.g. seL4-<project> or
If for some reason a different form is preferable, this can often be
accommodated. To use such a different form, obtain written
permission from firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your project is a generally useful part of the ecosystem of
components, libraries, and frameworks around the seL4 kernel,
consider hosting it under the seL4 Foundation GitHub organisation
at github.com/seL4. Contact
one of the members of the TSC of the
foundation if you would like to do so with a description of the
project, its current state and plans for the future.
Projects and repositories hosted under the seL4 Foundation GitHub
organisation may use the seL4 mark more freely in their name.
We look to our community to help us retain the value of the seL4
trademark and promote the seL4 brand.
If you have questions about these guidelines or would like to report
concerns regarding the use or misuse of the seL4 trademark, or to
obtain written permission for a proposed use, please
The seL4 Foundation and/or Linux Foundation may release new versions
of the seL4 trademark guidelines or The Linux Foundation Trademark
Usage Guidelines from time to time.