Lenovo sends cease-and-desist to Framework over a stylized letter “O”

If you happen to purchase the unique Framework Laptop computer and wished to improve its motherboard to the brand new model so you may benefit from the extra performance of a 12th-generation Core CPU, the corporate does not need you to throw your outdated motherboard out. To that finish, Framework designed and launched an open source design for a 3D-printable motherboard case, making it straightforward to repurpose an outdated Framework motherboard as a makeshift mini desktop PC.

However, Lenovo has taken the situation with this case design, in line with an authorized grievance shared via Framework’s Twitter account yesterday. In the situation is the design of the case’s energy button, pictured above, which seems like a circle or letter “O” segmented into three components by straight traces. Lenovo’s authorized workforce thinks that circle seems just like the stylized “O” in Lenovo’s Legion brand logo. And so they have a degree, even when we do not assume it’s extremely possible that individuals would combine up a gaming laptop computer from a significant PC producer and an inexpensive 3D-printed plastic case for a distinct segment laptop computer motherboard.

The segmented letter "O" appears in marketing materials and printed on the lids of Lenovo's Legion laptops.
Enlarge / The segmented letter “O” seems in advertising and marketing supplies and printed on the lids of Lenovo’s Legion laptops.


Luckily for Framework, the “damaged O” that Lenovo is upset about does not seem anyplace on the Framework Laptop computer—it makes use of the corporate’s commonplace gear-shaped brand on its lid and keyboard, so Framework will not have to make pricey modifications or dump any parts it has already spent cash on.

To make the issue go away, unique Framework Laptop computer is holding a design contest for a brand new energy button design. Firm CEO Nirav Patel will select his favorite design so it may be integrated into a brand new case and posted to GitHub. The competition winner will obtain the Core i5-1135G7 model of the first-gen Framework Laptop computer motherboard—simply be sure that the button design you submit does not appear to be an apple with a bite out of it, an alien head, or three snakes tied together.

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