framework, startup that produces Standard Notebooks Which is designed to be repairable and upgradeable, says it’s in the position of legal trouble due to the design of one of its power buttons. in a tweetthe startup claims to have been contacted by Lenovo’s legal team, who said the circular design of the power button on one of the Framework designs is very similar to the “O” branding that Lenovo uses to brand its “Legion” brand of gaming laptops.
“Consumers may believe that the Broken O Case for the Framework or the motherboards they cover has been produced by, sponsored, approved, licensed or otherwise affiliated with, when this is not the case,” reads a screenshot of the legal letter from Lenovo that Posted by Framework.
The offending power button design does not appear in any of the Framework laptops. Alternatively, the circuit can be found in the 3D printer case diagrams The frame was released back in Aprilwhich allows customers to build their own Raspberry Pi-style mini PC using only the laptop’s motherboard (this can be Bought separately, as well as from a Framework laptop). this is Youtube video Gives a nice overview of how the 3D printed case works (power button is pressed at the 9:35 minute mark).
The Lenovo legal team wrote: “It has recently come to our attention that Framework Computer Inc. (“Framework”) has released a GitHub repository of 3D printable reference designs for consumers to print motherboard cases for use with Framework motherboards.” “These 3D printer manuals feature a broken O design that confusingly resembles Lenovo’s Legion brands.”
The Lenovo The legal team says we have to change the power button on the 3D-printed case, so we’re opening a community contest! Anyone who can come up with the best new power button design gets a free i5-1135G7 motherboard. pic.twitter.com/aBM3xRIzTF
– Frame (FrameworkPuter) August 18 2022
I’m not a lawyer, but I guess I can tell where the Lenovo legal team is coming from? The design of the power button is found in Framework schemas Technically It has the same three lines breaking up its circular design as the O in the Lenovo Legion brand, which can be found at websiteas well as being Printed directly on some of their laptops. But, on the other hand, it is … a circuit, one of which is used only in a text mark, apparently, and the other as a functional piece of hardware. But whatever it is, the lawyers are Jonah’s lawyers.
The Framework doesn’t actually sell anything with the offending power button design on it, so fixing the problem in theory is as simple as uploading a replacement set of CAD files to GitHub. Therefore, instead of fighting Lenovo, the Framework is conducting a competition for its users to introduce new designs for its power button. Registrations are open until August 25, and the winner will receive a Free i5-1135G7 motherboard.
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