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Making hay out of trademark dispute
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antedeluvian
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Re: Fluke did well
antedeluvian   3/28/2014 3:39:25 PM
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Etmax

It's as crazy as T-Mobile suing everyone that uses their shade of red anywhere, I mean it's specified as a Pantone colour and Pantone has given use to rights to everyone

It is possible to tradmark a Pantone colour. Louboutin shoes has done just that with their red soles using Pantone 18-1663 TPX.

 

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Re: Fluke did well
Etmax   3/28/2014 6:20:52 AM
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Hi Caleb, this is even crazier than IP protection, it's trademark protection.  I don't have a problem with trademark protection mind you, just when your trade mark is "a grey case with a yellow surround" It's as crazy as T-Mobile suing everyone that uses their shade of red anywhere, I mean it's specified as a Pantone colour and Pantone has given use to rights to everyone, and then T-Mobile says no we've reserved xyz red. Here Fluke supposedly owns yellow and grey ie. about 1000 colour combinations. A company should have to be able to prove harm with this sort of gobbledygook.

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Re: Fluke did well
MeasurementBlues   3/27/2014 2:15:38 PM
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"people that want Fluke still buy Fluke and people that want cheap junk still buy cheap junk."

You could say the same about anything. My favorite is Apple chargers and cables.

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Re: Fluke did well
MeasurementBlues   3/27/2014 2:04:56 PM
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I wouldn't blame Fluke so much, but maybe Danaher.

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Probeit   3/27/2014 2:00:50 PM
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It's good to see Fluke PR hacks trying to cleanup the tarnished company image. 

Next time they may think first.

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Re: How many colors can be trademarked?
Caleb Kraft   3/27/2014 10:56:57 AM
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Here's the blog post in question

https://www.sparkfun.com/news/1430

It doesn't say what model or quantity.

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Re: Fluke did well
Caleb Kraft   3/27/2014 10:54:40 AM
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It seems like there should maybe be a more intelligent way of protecting IP. I get that this is a crazy example, but protecting your IP can be important.

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Re: Fluke did well
Etmax   3/26/2014 7:04:24 AM
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1. Thanks for the great post, it's good to see a large company consider the impact of legal decisions.

2. Pooh pooh on the US trademarks office from ever allowing this to go ahead. Those cheap junk meters that look similar to a fluke are all over the world and most places the trademark protection doesn't exist. Guess what? people that want Fluke still buy Fluke and people that want cheap junk still buy cheap junk.

It's the same silly argument as recently whe Rolex had a court fine someone ~$10,000 beause they bought a $20 Rolex and imported it. That person was never going to buy a real Rolex just like a real Rolex buyer is never going to buy a knock-off. The seller sold it as a knock-off openly in Singapore where they are allowed to so no fraud was involved.

Google has trademarked "Google" yet no one there persecutes someone for googling on Yahoo.

It's high time these things start being governed by loss having occurred by the plaintif.

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Re: How many colors can be trademarked?
_hm   3/25/2014 7:06:15 PM
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Great work by Fluke.

May I ask which model of Fluke was given to SparkFun? Did Sparkfun accepted this offer and what was the total amount?

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Re: How many colors can be trademarked?
asimov_fan   3/25/2014 5:23:57 PM
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Glad you like the idea.  I think I'll get my P&T attorney started on that trademark now!

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