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Fluke Turns Tables & Donates to SparkFun

Making hay out of trademark dispute
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Measurement.Blues
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Fluke did well
Measurement.Blues   3/25/2014 9:02:17 AM
Fluke did the right thing here, turning this into a win-win situation. Fluke showed some integrity while still protecting its patent. Nice job.

Caleb Kraft
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Re: Fluke did well
Caleb Kraft   3/25/2014 9:29:43 AM
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absolutely. Not only does it look good for fluke, it gets their meters out there.

Measurement.Blues
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Re: Fluke did well
Measurement.Blues   3/25/2014 9:36:12 AM
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I used to work for a Fluke competitor (Extech). The company had to change the color of the boots after Fluke's patent. I have one with an orange boot.

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Bravo Fluke!
MWagner_MA   3/25/2014 12:28:03 PM
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Caleb, thanks for bring to the site an upbeat positive article about the corporate world - kind of rare these days.

Caleb Kraft
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Re: Bravo Fluke!
Caleb Kraft   3/25/2014 12:38:38 PM
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it is a rare and pleasant opportunity to share such a nice story!

Max The Magnificent
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I do so love a happy ending
Max The Magnificent   3/25/2014 1:10:13 PM
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This is a great story -- it certainly cheered up my day!

asimov_fan
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How many colors can be trademarked?
asimov_fan   3/25/2014 4:38:44 PM
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Companies have to protect their visual design.  

I believe the color of the infringing meters was deliberately chosen, although Sparkfun was probably not aware of the trademark.  I use Flukes and didn't know the coloring was protected.

However, how wide is the range of yellow that is considered to infringe on Fluke's special yellow?  How many such ranges can be trademarked before no one can manufacture a solid colored meter boot without infringing on some trademark color.

I suppose at that point we move to stripes, ginghams and paisleys.

 

Caleb Kraft
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Re: How many colors can be trademarked?
Caleb Kraft   3/25/2014 5:09:44 PM
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I'd take a paisley meter in a heart beat!

asimov_fan
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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!

_hm
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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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