SparkFun Electronics Hits Legal Problems with Bully SPARC International Over Trademarks.
- Category: Blog
- Published: Friday, 23 October 2009 19:28
- Written by Justblair
I don’t like bullies, no-one does I hope. I was disappointed to read today that the good folks over at Sparkfun Electronics, a company that produces and sells open source hardware popular with electronics hobbyists.
SPARC International originally formed by Sun Microsystems has launched a legal shot over the bows of Sparkfun with a Cease and Desist letter from their solicitors. The demand is that they stop using their Sparkfun trademark (which they have traded under now since 2003) and hand over their website to SPARC.
The argument is that Sparkfun sounds and looks too similar to SPARC.
SPARC Industries position I think is bizarre. Their solicitor states that Sparkfun is selling computer hardware, they don’t in the conventional sense. Apparently their is not a legal distinction between a servers architecture and that of an integrated circuit board.
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