So I got an email, pardon my language:
And while the company that is contacting me is, probably questionable at very best, I looked into the claims of the trademark:
I AM AWARE THIS MIGHT BE A SCAM!
Several twitter users linked me to this article:
But I don’t think that’s what’s happening… exactly anyways. Number one, that’s 9 years old so I’m sure the scam has evolved from then. I think this is more akin to what happens in the US and other countries too, where there is a legit filing, and this is a legit company trying to cash in fat over representing you.
A fun part about running a business is you get to deal with all of the ramifications of certain elements of your operation being completely public, and you see all sorts of weird things come out of the woodwork. Especially for myself, with Arduboy being such a weird viral thing in the beginning it found it’s way all over.
It’s medium difficult to try and figure out what is actually a legit website for the chinese trademark office, which to even call “legit”, I’m sorry, is a bit of a stretch anyways.
This document and some other resources seem to point me at resources that seem to all show that the trademark was filed for
This website allows you to search, but you need to sign up to see the full details:
But it does return the international classification code which you can enter on this other website which would you would otherwise have to guess at:
This link seems to be the “official” source.
They all appear to be applied for in July 2nd 2020 and are currently “Awaiting examination”
All are “for reference only, no legal effect”
So at this time, it seems as if the first email is true the situation:
May be correct.
Whether or not I want to use their services, probably not, I can try to get my own representation in China. I had a chance to get a Trademark in China before, but I decided that I could not enforce it if a company tried anything. But the situation may come if they take the trademark and try to stop Seeed from producing, that is the bigger issue.
So at this time, all I can really do, is notify Seeed studio and see what they think should be done. I’ve notified them and see what they think. After that I will probably get a second opinion from some legal advice within China directly.
In the meantime, we got this f***ing thing to enjoy: