Many of our supporters are following today a discussion between me and Massimo Banzi, originated by a blog post on the Arduino(TradeMark) official website.
We received by e-mail from Italy a letter from a lawyer that clam our name is infringing the intellectual rights about the trademark: arduino. (all lower case as the registration form the lawyer provided to us).
What they say is: smARtDUINO = arduino
The letter is dated November 26th 2012, today, but we discovered that the documents were printed the day October 29th, the day after we launched the Kickstarter project:
So, we just ask, if we really were infringing any IP or any other law, why wait almost one month? Why they didn’t immediately contacted us to ask to shut down the project or to change the working?
Future will tell us… maybe.