The framework received a letter from Lenovo’s legal team suggesting that the button resembled Lenovo’s Legion ‘O’ trademark, the framework too much. changing the shape of murmured today.
A clip of the letter can be seen in the tweet below. You may need to expand.
@Lenovo’s legal team says we need to change the power button on our 3D printed case, so we’re hosting a community contest! Whoever comes up with the best new power button design will win a I will give you i5-1135G7 mainboard. pic.twitter.com/aBM3xRIzTFAugust 18, 2022
This letter to Nirav Patel, CEO of Framework Computer, shown in partial screenshot only, is on letterhead from Lenovo attorneys for Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. We believe that the “Broken O Case” may violate his Lenovo’s trademark rights in his LEGION trademark, which may ultimately lead to consumer confusion. I can’t see the rest of the letter, it may be a letter of suspension and discontinuation.
The framework seems uninterested in fighting the challenge. Instead, we’re launching a community contest for new designs. Entries must be submitted and have a winner by 11:59 Pacific Time on August 25th. “subjectively judged by our CEO” August 26th.
A snippet of the letter tweeted by Framework doesn’t give a date, so it’s unclear when Lenovo’s lawyers sent it. Started providing printed circuit diagrams. It seems that Framework never sold this case directly on the market.
Lenovo did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication. I will update this story if there is any response. The framework acknowledged the request but did not return the statement in time for publication.
Lenovo’s Legion lineup consists of the company’s premium gaming laptops, desktops and monitors. Some low-end laptops are Lenovo’s Ideapad brand. Lenovo’s “O” design is usually used within the word “Legion” on the product, whereas previous versions of the design were used alone. Framework currently offers no other product than the Framework Laptop and its components, and is not yet in the game.
The 3D case “O” shaped power button is absent from the Framework Laptop, so its flagship should not be affected.