From: John Woodgate
Subject: Re: Proprietary Pinouts ???
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 00:06:24 +0100
Organization: JMWA Electronics Consultancy
Reply-To: John Woodgate
NNTP-Posting-Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 23:19:13 +0000 (UTC)
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I read in sci.electronics.design that CB
wrote (in <email@example.com>) about 'Proprietary
Pinouts ???', on Thu, 26 Sep 2002:
>A company has a product ( board ) that has a 20 pin connector for
>interface ( power, gnd, reset, couple of serial ports ). The pinout
>of the connector is not a standard and is only found on this companies
>If I were to build a competing product could I also use this same
>connector and pinout ?? or am I legally infringing somehow ?? ( it
>certainly isn't a patent so I guess it would only be the copywrite on
>the literature or ??
You need proper legal advice, because in most countries you are in a
'conflicting statutes' situation. The pin-out may be copyright, which
you would infringe. But if the copyright owner refused you a license on
reasonable terms, he might be illegally restraining trade.
In some countries, and with some competitors, you might point this out
to them and come to an agreement to save legal fees. But in some
countries, that in itself might be illegal, unless the terms of the deal
are published and made available to every potential competitor.
IANAL, but I can see a complicated situation developing.
Regards, John Woodgate, OOO - Own Opinions Only. http://www.jmwa.demon.co.uk
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