Interoperability, honor, theft of IP, and money were all at stake in the raid on a Chinese manufacturing plant.
In a move reminiscent of Microsoft's raids of a few years back to protect its intellectual property, the Bluetooth SIG (in cooperation with the local constabulary) raided a Chinese electronics manufacturer this week.
The raid's targetShenzhen Bluebird Hi-Techwas manufacturing Bluetooth-capable equipment without the SIG's OK.
To be more specific, Bluebird was using the Bluetooth logo without going through the Bluetooth Qualification Program.
Presumably, the equipment bearing the counterfeited logo worked more or less OK (maybe it didn'tbut that seems unlikely). But that is not the point. In order to assure interoperability, the SIG needs control over who is calling itself compliant.
There is also money at stake. The SIG undoubtedly collects a tidy sum in royalties, which in turn are used to fund research and day-to-day operations.
It's nice to see the SIG protecting its IP. What's surprising is that Bluetooth piracy seems to be so widespread. Otherwise, the SIG wouldn't have bothered. More information is available at Bluetooth group assists in raid on Chinese plant.