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#1 posted 08-15-2012 07:42 PM

I would think it if was close enough to be mistaken for an officially licensed product either in color or design, then you run the risk of a trademark lawsuit. A good example was a couple of years ago I may have the players wrong, but I do recall the color was right…

A few years ago, there was a trademark lawsuit from one Taiwan tool importer (Jet tools I believe) had attempted to sue another Taiwan tools importer that was shipping tools in a similar white color (I believe it was Shop Fox). Unfortunately I can’t seem to find an online reference to it, maybe someone else may remember it and post a link… Anyway, the end result was the court did not side with Jet, and not only is Shop Fox still shipped over white, but now Grizzly has the Polar Bear Series, and from the last I saw, Harbor Freight has changed the 14” band saw color to white… But I assure you, those lawyers needed to defend against the suit were NOT cheap, and you being just a little guy, well, do you want to donate your house and everything your family has to the Cowboys lawyers?

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